Russian PM Vladimir Putin says his country is willing to abandon nuclear weapons if the US and all other nuclear-armed countries do the same. Putin was speaking at a meeting with Germany's foreign minister, who said earlier that the idea of scrapping nuclear arms altogether was a real prospect. The US and Russia previously agreed to draft a new treaty to reduce their nuclear stockpiles.
"If those who made the atomic bomb and used it are ready to abandon it—like, I hope, other nuclear powers officially and unofficially owning them—of course we will welcome and facilitate this process in all ways," Putin said today. "The goal of global zero is not a game for utopians, but will be taken up by the doyens of US foreign policy as well as by German and Polish politicians," Germany's foreign minister added.