Russian Federation welcomes Trump's offer of new nuclear pact, awaits details


"If the United States reconsiders its destructive line and returns to compliance with the INF Treaty, Russia is open to meaningful dialogue on the subject of the treaty and other issues of strategic stability", Ryabkov told a press conference.

Russian Federation says the United States should destroy its MK-41 missile-defense launch system deployed in NATO-member Romania in order to return to compliance with a landmark Cold War-era nuclear treaty.

Colonel General Viktor Yesin, an adviser to the Russian Strategic Missile Force commander and former Strategic Missile Force chief of staff, told TASS earlier that United States intermediate-range ballistic missiles, should they be deployed to the Baltic countries, will be able to reach Moscow in three to four minutes.

The Russian side suggested that the Americans "return to strict compliance" with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty before it expires in six months.

Last week, Pompeo announced that Washington would be suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty starting on February 2. The US accused Russian Federation of building prohibited missiles, but said that it may return to the accord if Moscow eliminates the violation within the next 180 days.

Ryabkov said the United States had not sent Moscow any concrete proposals for a new pact.

The United States has repeatedly accused Russian Federation of violating the 1987 treaty with the development of its 9M729 ground-based missile systems (known as the SSC-8 under U.S. classification), which Washington claimed had a range of over 1,000 km, while the agreement bans missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km.

The INF Treaty, sealed in the waning days of the Soviet Union in 1987, bans ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.

"The hard answer is that I don't see now much appetite to do anything in this direction, nearly from everyone", Rinkevics said.