Oct 13, 2020
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Russian Foreign Ministry: US statements on START Treaty are nonsense and rigging

The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the recent statements of the United States that a preliminary agreement on START Treaty (START-3) was allegedly reached with Moscow, calling them nonsense and rigging.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov noted that the extension of the START III treaty with the condition of a temporary freeze of all nuclear arsenals is unacceptable, reports TASS.

This is an unacceptable proposalRyabkov said.

The politician noted that the United States is passing off wishful thinking, claiming that a "principled" agreement has been reached with Russia on the extension of START III.

They need to carefully study the two Russian documents in their hands. It says it all, - said the deputy minister.

As reported earlier, on October 13, the US President's special envoy for arms control Marshall Billingsley said that START between the United States and Russia could be extended in exchange for freezing Moscow's nuclear arsenal. According to the American official, Washington is confident that it has reached a "principled" agreement with Moscow, allegedly "at the highest level."

Recall that the START-3 Treaty was signed back in 2010 by the then leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. The contract is designed for 10 years with the prospect of its prolongation for another five years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called on the United States to sit down at the negotiating table to determine the parameters for extending the treaty and noted that if he does not act further, this will become the most serious threat to international security. However, the United States did not give a direct answer to the question of such negotiations, although Putin warned that it could take considerable time to discuss the extension of the document.

In its current form, the document provides for the reduction of nuclear warheads to 1,550 units, intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine ballistic missiles and heavy bombers to 700 units. The treaty replaced the START I, which expired in December 2009.

At the same time, earlier, at the insistence of Donald Trump, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the INF Treaty - the Treaty on the Reduction of Intermediate and Short-Range Missiles.

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