UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reminded the United States and Russia that the whole world is interested in extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3).
Recall that the document expires in February 2021. It can be extended for no more than five years.
According to Guterres, the parties to the agreement should resolve the issue of extending START-3, RIA Novosti reports. He called on Moscow and Washington to remember that the document is beneficial not only for their security, but also for global stability, since the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons would be global.
The UN Secretary General spoke in favor of extending START-3 for five years.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin also proposed extending the agreement for five years without preconditions. The US administration, meanwhile, is calling for China to be included in the document to work out a new trilateral nuclear agreement between the three countries. In addition, Washington has proposed expanding the treaty to include a number of new classes of weapons.
Guterres called for the extension of START III regardless of China's involvement.