The US are not interested in prolongation of the Treaty on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficial name – START-3) with Russia. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control Marshall Billingsley said so in an interview published on the website of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).
The politician called the missile treaty between Washington and Moscow a bad deal and explained that this is the reason the START “had a hard time passing in the Senate.”
“We’re not interested in just extending it (…). The treaty covered about 90 percent of U.S. arsenals and only about 40 percent of Russian weapons.”
Washington allegedly explained Moscow’s reluctance to “make its NATO allies vulnerable.” Billingsley added that the U.S. would extend the treaty only if the countries “equalized” the ratio of controlled weapons.
On November 22, the United States ceased its participation in the Treaty on Open Skies. The U.S. side explained its position by Moscow’s alleged failure to comply with the agreement. The White House also claimed that Russia was spying on the location of U.S. President Donald Trump during flights over the U.S. Moscow denies Washington’s accusations.
The Open Skies Treaty was concluded in 1992. According to the document, participating countries can conduct reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory to monitor military activities and compliance with existing arms control treaties.