MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that there was nothing to stop Russia and the United States agreeing that other countries could join the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Washington and Moscow during the Cold War.
The United States has accused Russia of flouting the nuclear pact, allegations Moscow denies, and has threatened to pull out. Other countries are able to develop missiles banned under the treaty because they are not signatories.
“What stops (us) starting talks on them joining the current agreement or starting to discuss parameters for a new accord?” Putin asked.
Putin says Russia can easily make intermediate-range missiles if US quits nuclear treaty
Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Andrew Osborn; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey