Russia has new weapons systems that the United States does not have, but Moscow does not refuse to discuss this side of the issue, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking of the prospects for extending the START Treaty.
“It is clear that we have new weapons systems, which the American side does not have, at least not yet. But we don’t refuse to discuss this side of the issue, ”he said at a meeting with permanent members of the RF Security Council.
Recall that the US president’s special envoy for arms control Marshall Billingsley said that the US is ready to extend START III with Russia, subject to a temporary freeze of the size of the nuclear arsenals of the two countries. He added that he had reached a “principled” agreement with Moscow on this matter.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the US statements about reaching an agreement with Russia on strategic weapons unscrupulous. According to him, Washington is shamelessly speculating on this topic.
In February 2021, the Treaty on the Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START) expires. The document was signed on April 8, 2010 by the presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. It replaced the 1991 START Treaty (START) and upon entry into force replaced the 2002 Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (START). The agreement can be extended by agreement of the parties, but for no more than five years.
According to the START III treaty, the parties reduce the number of their nuclear warheads to 1,500 units, and also limit the number of other weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles. ■