Dialogue Amidst Tension: Russia Open to Talks But Warns U.S. on Nuclear Deployment

Russia will maintain dialogue with other nuclear powers but will respond if the United States deploys more strategic nuclear weapons, says Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Her statement follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's indication of potential changes to Russia’s nuclear doctrine. This dialogue underscores ongoing global nuclear tensions.


Reuters | Updated: 08-06-2024 15:57 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 15:57 IST
Dialogue Amidst Tension: Russia Open to Talks But Warns U.S. on Nuclear Deployment
Maria Zakharova

Russia will keep dialogue lines open with nuclear powers, but will respond accordingly if the United States deploys more strategic nuclear weapons, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday. Her comments to state news agency RIA followed a statement from Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday that the country could make adjustments to its nuclear doctrine.

That prompted a speech by a White House aide who said on Friday that the United States may have to deploy more strategic nuclear weapons in coming years to deter growing threats from Russia, China and other adversaries. "We did not stop any dialogue with anyone. We did not cut ties. We did not, by the way, cut energy ties. We did not cut off dialogue platforms," Zakharova said.

"We have always declared that even in the most difficult situations there is room for dialogue ... Therefore, there is no sense in calling us to dialogue, we have never refused it." Pranay Vaddi, the top U.S. National Security Council arms control official, made his comments in a speech on "a more competitive approach" to arms control.

This outlined a policy shift aimed at pressing Moscow and Beijing to reverse rejections of U.S. calls for arsenal limitation talks. Putin, in his speech on Friday, said that he did not rule out changes to Russia's nuclear doctrine, which sets out the conditions under which such weapons could be used.

If necessary, Putin said, Russia could test a nuclear weapon, adding that he saw no need to do so at the present time. Since Putin ordered troops into Ukraine in February 2022, he has said on several occasions that Russia would use such weapons if necessary to defend itself - comments the West says are nuclear sabre-rattling.

"Yesterday the president said everything. There is a nuclear doctrine. If there is a need to adjust it, adjustments will be made," Zakharova said.

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