İrem UZUN -TDO- Moscow is open for a dialogue with Washington on new advanced developments, including hypersonic weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an online interview with Russian and foreign media on Tuesday. "We are also open for a talk on new advanced developments, including hypersonic weapons, in the context, and I want to emphasize it, of all the aspects and all the factors that influence strategic stability," Lavrov said.
Lavrov said he wanted to speak to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again after receiving a call from him a couple of days ago during which he said Pompeo touched on resuming talks on arms control and strategic stability. "We welcome such interest from our American partners because we have encouraged them to address these problems more actively for a long time," Lavrov said. This talk should cover the plans of deploying weapons in outer space, strategic conventional armaments, the future of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and other issues, the Russian foreign minister explained.
Responding to a question about what Moscow was seeking from the Russia-U.S. working group on outer space, Lavrov pointed out that the group was the result of a long-lived dialogue. "You know, it is not that we are seeking something, this is simply the result of our dialogue with the United States that has been going on for quite a long time regarding which mechanisms and to solve which world problems both Moscow and Washington consider the most essential, as well as on which of these issues Russian-American interaction can be maximally fruitful," the Russian foreign minister explained.
In August 2019, the U.S. pulled out of a landmark strategic arms accord, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), citing Russian non-compliance. Both countries are developing hypersonic missiles to expand their defense capabilities, with Russian President Vladimir Putin overseeing a test in Crimea in early January. Some experts fear deployment of such missiles, which fly several times the speed of sound, could trigger a new nuclear arms race.