In the United States consider a possible new agreement on cruise missiles
Us Deputy Secretary of arms control Andrea Thompson said on Thursday in Brussels that he believes it is possible to achieve an international Treaty on control of cruise missiles, and China should participate in it.
Thompson participated in the forum in Brussels, where she stated the need to discuss with Russia and China the development of supersonic missile technologies.»I hope that China will sit down at the negotiating table,» Thompson said.
Answering the question of whether a Treaty on cruise missiles is necessary and possible, the Deputy Secretary said that «anything is possible».
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that there is no indication that China is ready to consider the possibility of joining not only to the INF Treaty but in General to enter into negotiations on certain aspects related to nuclear arms control and their reduction.
Earlier this year, Washington announced a unilateral withdrawal from the INF TREATY, accusing Russia of a long-term violation of the Treaty. Moscow denies all accusations. Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 2 said that the Russian Federation will respond to our decision to withdraw from the INF TREATY and also suspends participation in the Treaty. The head of state noted that Russia should not and will not be involved in the arms race costly for Moscow. At the same time, Putin added that all the Russian proposals on disarmament «remain on the table and the doors are open», but demanded not to initiate any further negotiations on this issue. Russia could return to the implementation of the Treaty on the elimination of medium-range and shorter-range missiles if Washington takes a similar step, said earlier Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.