US to continue dialogue with Russia on arms control - Sherman

Source : 112 Ukraine

The United States and Russia agree that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought
11:12, 11 January 2022


The United States intends to continue dialogue with Russia on resolving bilateral issues such as arms control as the US State Department reported citing Deputy State Secretary Wendy Sherman.

“The preliminary ideas the United States raised today include missile placement.  We also made clear that the United States is open to discussing the future of certain missile systems in Europe – along the lines of the now defunct INF Treaty between the US and Russia,” Sherman noted.

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According to her, Washington is also open to discussing ways to put mutual limits on the size and scope of military exercises, as well as increasing the transparency of those exercises on a reciprocal basis. The deputy secretary of state added that this topic will also be the subject of discussion at the NATO-Russia Council and at this week's OSCE meeting.

“The United States and Russia agree that a nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought.  We have discussed this shared principle in past SSD meetings, and it was reaffirmed last week in a statement by the P5 nations. That is why the United States has long been interested in discussing with Russia options for arms control that include both strategic and so-called non-strategic nuclear weapons,” the diplomat stated.

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At the same time, she emphasized that Washington categorically rejects security proposals which simply do not suit the United States. This applies in particular to NATO's "open door" policy, which has always been central to the Alliance, as well as to bilateral cooperation with sovereign states that wish to work with the United States. The US will not allow anyone to close the door on any country to NATO, Sherman warned.

We remind that the first round of US-Russia talks concluded in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours. The second round of dialogue began on January 10 and lasted over 7.5 hours. The meeting took place on the premises of the US Permanent Mission in Geneva. During the consultations, the sides took several breaks.


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