Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened a new nuclear arms race with the U.S. after the Trump administration threatened to abandon an arms treaty due to Russia’s noncompliance.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the U.S. would leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces arms control treaty in 60 days because Russia has failed to adhere to it.
That move raised the prospect of the re-emergence of quick-strike nuclear missiles that were around during the Cold War.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that Russia remains open to talking about ways to keep the treaty intact.
“We are ready to continue the dialogue in appropriate formats on the entire range of problems related to this document on the basis of professionalism and mutual respect, without putting forward unsubstantiated accusations and ultimatums. Our proposals are well known and remain on the negotiating table,” she said, according to Tass, Russia’s state-owned news agency.