Kremlin open to discussing new arms control treaty with US, aide says

Kremlin open to discussing new arms control treaty with US, aide says
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Russia is open to discussing a new arms control treaty with the U.S., a Kremlin aide said Sunday.

“Firstly, what exists already needs to be honored. We are also ready for new ones, but for that serious negotiations are needed and unfortunately so far nobody has embarked on any," Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said in remarks to state television, according to Reuters.

The comments were made in response to a Washington Post report that Trump has ordered his administration to look at new arms control agreements with Russia and China.

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“The president’s direction is that we need to look at more-ambitious arms control that will deal with more weapons, and more than just us and Russia,” a senior administration official told the Post. “What you’re going to see is more from the administration on how do we get to arms control that doesn’t just reflect a Cold War mentality.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Saturday called Trump's reported proposals "not serious," Reuters reported.

The White House announced earlier this year that it would stop complying with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a decades-old arms control pact with Russia.

The Trump administration at the time said it was making that decision because Russia had violated the treaty.