UN (Sputnik) – Moscow is still waiting for the US to respond to its proposal to extend the START III Treaty without preconditions, said the permanent representative of Russia to the UN, Vasili Nebenzia.
“Russian President Vladimir Putin had proposed to the United States to prolong the START Treaty without preconditions. Well, we await the response,” Nebenzia said at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
The diplomat explained that the lack of certainty about the fate of the START Treaty causes concern.
In Nebenzia’s opinion, the extension of the treaty would be a reasonable step that would prevent the degradation of strategic stability and prevent the complete destruction of the control mechanisms of new weapons and new military technology.
START III (Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Weapons), which Russia and the United States signed in 2010, is the only agreement that links the two great powers after Washington finally broke last August. the INF Treaty of medium and short range missiles.
So far, the US Government has not announced whether it plans to extend the START III agreement that limits the arsenals of the two countries to a maximum of 700 missiles deployed, 1,550 nuclear warheads and 800 corresponding vehicles, deployed and in reserve.
Russo-US talks to extend the treaty have stalled due to reciprocal misgivings about the development of new weapons.
Moscow believes that the nuclear arsenals of France and the United Kingdom, countries that do not participate in any arms control process, are taken into account.
Washington, meanwhile, insists on a three-way treaty with Moscow and Beijing.