China opposes US, Russia withdrawal from INF Treaty, urges to ‘resolve differences’

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China has opposed the United States withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty deal with Russia and further urged both the two countries – the US and Russia – to “resolve differences through constructive dialogue”.

In a statement, Beijing’s ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang said this pact is a crucial bilateral treaty for disarmament and arms control that has, till now, contributed much lowering the tensions between the two major nations, boosting regional and international peace, and also safeguards global strategy equilibrium and stability.

According to Bloomberg news reports, China has also said it is against the idea of a fact creating a multilateral deal in order to replace the bilateral pact. In the same statement, the spokesperson said, “The most pressing matter is how to uphold and implement the existing treaty.”

The US and Russia have failed to make some possible progress in their dialogues held on Thursday over a dispute on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the TASS agency quoted Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.

Moscow slammed Washington over its 60-day ultimatum for Russia’s compliance with the 1987 INF treaty, further calling it a “game made to cover up their domestic decision to withdraw”.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said on Saturday, Moscow has suspended the INF Treaty deal with the United States shortly after receiving a similar move by the US.

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