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Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat says Russia is willing to negotiate a new nuclear weapons treaty with the United States and China. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday Moscow is closely following reports in the United States that the U.S. would like to reach a nuclear weapons deal with both Russia and China, and is "willing" to negotiate. The story was reported by CNN earlier Friday.

Ryabkov also said that Russia "would like to convince" the U.S. to adopt a joint statement that would condemn any use of nuclear weapons. Ryabkov's comments come just months after the U.S. withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a cornerstone of the post-Cold War security, and Russia followed suit. Each claims breaches by the other.

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