Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev commented on the decision of US and Russian leaders Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden to prolong the START III Treaty. Such measures would help prevent war in the world.
“I think, in principle, it’s not my goal or my passion to go to war. It’s my desire and my strong desire to keep winning and to keep out of war. To prevent war. That’s what I think helps me (to live),” Gorbachev said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda in response to a request to assess the extension of the treaty. The main wish of the people, according to him, is to live peacefully and freely.
START-3 is a bilateral treaty between Russia and the United States on further mutual reduction of arsenals of deployed strategic nuclear weapons. It was signed by Presidents Dmitri Medvedev and Barack Obama in 2010 and entered into force in 2011. The agreement is for 10 years with a possible five-year extension. On January 26, Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Joe Biden. The leaders agreed to extend the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty.
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