US demands Russia to abandon the new weapons systems

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States is unlikely to agree to extend the START-3 treaty without China participating in the negotiations, said US Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea, learned

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However, he said that Russia should “bring China to the negotiating table.” He said that China should participate in the negotiations, provide “more confidence, more openness, more transparency” if Chineses want to be a great power. The US approach will be a “trilateral solution that includes China,” the Washington Times reports.

In addition, START-3, according to Washington, “does nothing for the United States regarding concerns about what Russia is doing, which is a series of destabilizing actions outside the <…> treaty.” However, he did not explain what kind of actions Russia is talking about.

Billingslea believes that the former US administration “agreed on a very weak verification regime”, there are “loopholes in the question of how verification is carried out in practice, which was used by Russia.” Washington said that “this kind of behavior should be stopped.”

According to the special envoy, the United States wants to “understand why Russia so desperately wants an extension” of the treaty. At the same time, Moscow should explain “why it is in the interests” of the United States.

The American side “is not going to allow anything to include or exclude” the new Russian weapons systems, Russia must “roll back” five new programs and “abandon them”. This refers to the Dagger, Sarmat and Vanguard systems, the Poseidon system and the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile, the newspaper writes.

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Billingslea said that Russia “honestly has no money for this, their economy is in ruins due to the outbreak of the virus, and their entire budget process depends on high oil prices, which they do not have and will not have in the foreseeable future” RIA Novosti reports.

On the eve of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the American side did not express a desire to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty during recent telephone contacts with the Russian leadership.


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