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Sergey Zheleznyak: “President Trump’s statement about the need to abandon nuclear weapons sounded spectacular, but of little use”

“President Trump’s statement on the need for the United States, Russia and China, along with the denuclearization of the DPRK, to abandon nuclear weapons sounded spectacular, but of little use, because today eight powers have nuclear missile technologies, therefore, proposals for disarmament should be comprehensive multilateral. Most likely, behind the proposal of Trump lies the intention of the United States, under the pretext of not taking into account their one-sided ideas, to refuse to extend the treaty on strategic offensive arms. It remains to wait for what follows the words of the head of the White House and whether he understands that the conditions for reducing nuclear weapons should be the same for all countries, including the United States themselves. ” This opinion was expressed by a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Sergey Zheleznyak.

“I would like to hope that the words voiced from Washington about the need for disarmament are not an attempt to“ beat ”Moscow, whose political and diplomatic successes are demonstrated by the leadership of our country, including in resolving the Korean crisis,” the politician added.

“Our country has repeatedly offered the United States and other countries not to disperse a new round of the arms race. The answer was only a silent refusal, the expansion of NATO to the east and the exit from international treaties. If Washington really wants to propose a constructive agenda in matters of nuclear disarmament, Russia will in every way contribute to the implementation of these ideas on the basis of openness and equality, ”Zheleznyak said.

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