Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed an unconditional extension of the START III Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms, concluded with the United States. This was announced on Friday, October 16, on the Kremlin's website.
“I have a proposal, namely, to extend the existing Treaty without any conditions for at least a year in order to be able to conduct meaningful negotiations on all parameters of those problems that are regulated by such agreements,” the head of state said.
He also instructed Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to bring the Kremlin's position to the attention of the US authorities, and also in the near future to try "to get at least some intelligible answer from them."
On October 14, head Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow does not see the prospect of extending START III. On the same day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated that US President Donald Trump is open about the extension of the agreement.
A day later, the Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, announced that with the disappearance of START III, a period of unpredictability would begin in the world.
START III 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.