President of the United States Donald Trump called the most important aspect in relations between Russia and the United States.
“From what we can do, there is nothing more important than control over nuclear weapons,” Trump quotes TASS.
According to the head of the White House, Moscow and Washington “are trying to work out a nuclear arms treaty that will become significant.”
In an interview with Mark Thyssen, a columnist for The Washington Post and Fox, a researcher at the conservative American Entrepreneurship Institute, the American leader also expressed confidence that he had “really very good relations” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite the fact that Washington , “Every week” introduces new sanctions against Russia.
The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during an online session of Primakov Readings, said that the fate of the START-3 treaty was predetermined, and the United States decided not to extend the agreement. At the same time, the Foreign Minister emphasized that Russia would ensure its security even without the START Treaty; Moscow was ready for any development of events.
Recall, June 19, the Pentagon called for urgent negotiations with Russia on arms control. As a result, on June 22, Russia and the United States held consultations on strategic stability in Vienna, discussing the extension of the Treaty on the Reduction of Offensive Arms (START, START-3). During the consultations, the Russian side pointed out to the United States the importance of withdrawing US nuclear weapons from Europe. At the same time, Russia refused to save the START at any cost, and also put pressure on China for nuclear disarmament.
US Special Representative Marshall Billingsley praised the consultations as very constructive. Later, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the need to “speak more often with Russians.”
START-3, signed in 2010, remains the only current arms limitation treaty between Russia and the United States. The agreement expires in February 2021 until Washington announced whether it intends to renew it. The US administration at various levels emphasizes the need to include China in negotiations to develop a new tripartite nuclear agreement between Russia, China and the United States. In Beijing, this idea is rejected.