What is Russia offering Washington on the arms control deal (START III)?
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia offers the United States to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START, START-3) for five years, a new mechanism can be developed during this period, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov statement.
“We believe that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which has reliably ensured predictability in the field of nuclear missile weapons for a decade, deserves to be extended for a five-year period, during which it may be possible to develop a new or improve the existing mechanism in the field of arms control”, TASS passes his words.
He noted that Moscow did not see Washington’s readiness to “respond positively to the call” for the extension of START-3 without preconditions.
Moreover, the contacts of the two countries on this topic “are not interrupted,” Ryabkov emphasized.
Ryabkov said last week that Washington’s representatives did not want to extend the START Treaty during their recent telephone contacts with the Russian leadership.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on May 9 US Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea said that Russia should “bring China to the negotiating table” and China should participate in the negotiations, provide “more confidence, more openness, more transparency” if Chineses want to be a great power.
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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