The US has named a condition for concluding a missile treaty with Russia. This was told by the US President’s Special Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley, reports TASS.
According to him, the United States is ready to extend the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START III), subject to a temporary freeze of the size of the nuclear arsenals of both countries. The American diplomat noted that the United States may agree to an agreement even tomorrow, but Moscow will also have to show political will.
Earlier, Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, said that the Russian authorities were ready to extend START III and urged the United States to do so without artificial delays. He stressed that extending the treaty would be a smart move that would give time to think about further arms control measures.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3) was signed in 2010 by the then presidents of Russia and the United States, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement came into force in 2011 and expires in February 2021.