There is a complete threat of leaving the entire world without a Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START). It was stated by Russian president Vladimir Putin on October 16 at the meeting with permanent members of Russian security council.
“It would be extremely sad if the treaty would cease to exist at all and would not be replaced by another fundamental document of such kind”, – Putin said.
He noted that Russia has new weapons systems that the U.S. does not have, but Moscow has not refused to discuss these issues.
The Russian leader also instructed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to formulate the country’s position on START, present it to Washington and get a clear answer in the very near future. In response, the minister promised to complete the task “as soon as possible.
“I have a proposal, namely, to extend the current agreement without any conditions for at least a year. In order to be able to conduct meaningful negotiations on all parameters of the problems that are regulated by such treaties, so that not to leave both our countries and all the states of the world that are interested in maintaining strategic stability, without such a fundamental document as the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms,” Putin summed up.
In 2021 the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction, signed between Russia and the United States in 2010, will expire.
Moscow insists on extending the agreement, but Washington puts forward several demands, including China’s participation in the new agreement. Beijing, on the other hand, points to no reason to participate in the negotiations, as its nuclear arsenal is much smaller than that of the United States.
At the same time, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on October 14 that he discussed the issue of reaching agreements with Russia on arms control with President Donald Trump.