The initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3) without taking into account the freezing of the size of the nuclear arsenals of the Russian Federation and the United States is "doomed to failure." This was announced in the White House.
President Putin's response today to extend START-3 without freezing nuclear warheads is not an option- wrote the adviser to the President of the United States for national security Robert O'Brien on Twitter.
According to him, Washington offered to extend the treaty for a year, subject to setting a limit on the number of nuclear warheads. O'Brien stressed that such an option would be beneficial to both sides.
We believed that the Russians were ready to accept that offer when I met with my colleague in Geneva.- wrote O'Brien.
The adviser to the US President expressed the hope that Moscow will reconsider its position on this issue.
Earlier, the Russian leader proposed to extend the START-3 treaty without any conditions for a year. He stated this during a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council on Friday. This would make it possible to conduct meaningful negotiations on all parameters of the problems that are regulated by agreements of this kind, the head of state noted. Putin turned to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a request to formulate and convey this proposal to the United States.
Later, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian leader did not plan to talk with American leader Donald Trump on the topic of extending START-3 for a year.
The START-3 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed in 2010 and remains in force until February 5, 2021. The document provides for the reduction of nuclear warheads to 1,550 units, intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles of submarines and heavy bombers to 700 units. The contract can be extended until 2026 by mutual agreement of the parties. Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington not to delay the resolution of this issue.
Washington expressed hope that Moscow will reconsider its position on the treaty before the start of an "expensive arms race."