Russia urged the U.S. not to take the missile treaty hostage

Russia urged the U.S. not to take the missile treaty hostage

Russia hopes that President-elect Joseph Biden’s administration will take a more rational stance on the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, START-3, unofficial title) than its predecessors.

“Judging by the statements, the Biden team, in contrast to our current partners in the dialogue, is not interested in turning the START Treaty into a hostage of its ambitions and trying to “push through” deliberately unrealistic demands,” the diplomat said.

He underlined that Moscow has been and still is in favor of prolonging the treaty. However, so far this has not been possible because of Washington’s demands, which go beyond the agreements. In this connection Lavrov called on the U.S. to guarantee fulfillment of the terms of the treaty.

The START Treaty expires in February 2021. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will seek guarantees of obligations from the countries that have remained in the treaty.

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