US and Russia agree to extend ‘New START’ nuclear arms treaty | DW News
Washington welcomes Moscow’s readiness to extend START
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is ready, together with the United States, to freeze the number of nuclear warheads to extend the treaty.
US State Department said the United States welcomes Russia’s readiness to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
“We appreciate the willingness of the Russian Federation to make progress on nuclear arms control,” said agency spokesman Morgan Ortagus. “The United States stands ready to meet immediately to conclude a verifiable agreement. We expect Russia to authorize its diplomats to do the same. “.
Russia on Tuesday said it was ready to freeze the total number of nuclear warheads in the event of a similar move by the United States to extend the treaty for a year..
“Russia proposes to extend the START Treaty by one year, and at the same time is ready, together with the United States, to make a political commitment to“ freeze ”the number of nuclear warheads held by the parties for this period,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, stressing that the “freeze” should not be accompanied by any additional requirements from the United States. “If this approach suits Washington, then the time gained as a result of the START extension can be used to conduct comprehensive bilateral negotiations on the future control of nuclear missile weapons with the obligatory consideration of all factors affecting strategic stability.”.
Last week, the US rejected Russia’s offer to extend the pact without strings attached, saying any offer that does not freeze all nuclear warheads is doomed to failure..
Senator Bob Menendez, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement Tuesday expressing his satisfaction that Menendez said the Trump administration has adopted the Democratic stance on arms control..
However, Menendez expressed regret that the decision was only a temporary measure, unable to address the critical arms control problems that the country faces today..
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