TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The Russian Kommersant daily newspaper said in a recent report that the Kremlin had sent the draft joint declaration to White House officials in October last year, when US President Donald Trump announced that Washington would walk away from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
The INF was signed towards the end of the Cold War in 1987 by then American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and banned deployment of certain missiles with nuclear and conventional warheads.
“Nuclear war cannot be won and it must never be unleashed,” Kommersant quoted the draft joint declaration as stating.
The Russian daily also quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that Moscow’s other proposals to Washington included “strategic security and stability, cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, and so on,” and that, “All these Russian initiatives and proposals were in effect left unanswered.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had reportedly suggested a revival of the nuclear war avoidance pact ahead of US National Security adviser John Bolton’s visit to Russia last October.
Trump announced on October 20, 2018 that Washington would abandon the INF over claims that Moscow had violated the pact.