Russia is ready to discuss with the United States any weapon with a strategic potential, be it nuclear or non-nuclear, offensive and defensive. This was announced on July 28 by the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov.
“There are no taboo topics for us. We are ready to discuss American concerns related to our newest strategic systems, ”the diplomat said in an interview with“RIA News“.
According to him, Moscow proposed to develop a “new security equation” based on the entire spectrum of offensive and defensive weapons in nuclear and non-nuclear equipment.
“We believe it is important for both sides to focus on the systems that constitute the first counterforce strike capability. Those who can “reach” the targets on the national territory of the opposite side, ”explained Antonov.
As he noted, the time has ripened to discuss the problems of missile defense.
“Other priorities include ensuring security and preventing an arms race in space, preventing the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range ground-based missiles in the regions of the world,” the ambassador added.
All Russian proposals to Washington are known and transmitted in 2020, the Russian diplomat concluded.
On the eve of Antonov called on the United States to clear up the blockages in relations. According to him, the meeting of the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden on June 16 in Geneva, was aimed at breaking the negative trend and starting the path to a minimum normalization of relations.
The meeting between Putin and Biden took place on June 16 at the Villa La Grange in Geneva. Following the talks, the leaders adopted a joint statement on strategic stability.
A new round of the Russian-American dialogue on strategic stability will take place in Geneva on July 28.