Russia Wants Serious Talks on New Nuclear Deals With US

Kremlin spokesman doubts seriousness of Trump's proposal

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov welcomed President Trump’s talk of new arms control deals with both Russia and China, saying Russia has long been open to having such talks, if there were any talks to be had.

Trump’s talk of three-way nuclear deals emerged last week, and Ushakov says Russia will definitely take part, if-talks ever emerge. At the same time, he said that existing nuclear deals should be more closely respected.

His comments, and those out of the foreign ministry, were relatively upbeat. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, was a lot less hopeful, saying that he doesn’t think Trump’s proposal was at all serious, and that Russia and China had already talked on the matter.

There is hope on all three sides for a deal that could cut the increasingly exorbitant cost of nuclear arms modernization, while ensuring that all sides retain a deterrent force that makes nuclear exchanges unlikely. At the same time, Trump has long talks of arms races as though he was eager for them, so his sudden suggestion of talks is being viewed with more than a little suspicion.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.