Maas calls for expanding INF Treaty

Maas calls for expanding INF Treaty

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that that the scope of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty should be expanded by means of a new document.

According to him, the agreement should include other countries, such as China.

"Once again we discussed the INF Treaty. For 30 years it has maintained security in Europe and is a cornerstone of the edifice of European security. For this reason we are very much interested in preserving it. It concerns the interests of security in the most fundamental way," the minister said at a press conference after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

He said that the German government is doing everything in its powers to ensure the treaty should have a future.

"As we can see, negotiations are in progress and Russia is prepared to go ahead with them to use the time left to answer these questions, provide information and make its contribution to preserving the INF Treaty," Maas added.