Moscow and Washington have been unable to engage into any meaningful discussion on negotiating a new arms treaty, since the USA has been ignoring the repeated calls for dialogue.
Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow is ready to prolong the crucial New Start arms control treaty without any preconditions – and even negotiate on its new, state-of-art weaponry – yet the US regime is dodging the talks.
One of the last obstacles on the path of the unhinged nuclear arms race, the USA-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is set to expire in a year.
Moscow’s position is clear – it’s ready to extend the existing treaty right away – and it has been repeatedly voiced by the top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin.
Instead of discussing the existing pact, however, the USA has been insisting on dragging China into it. Beijing has repeatedly stated that it will not join such talks, since China’s architecture of nuclear forces is entirely different compared to one of Russia and the USA.
Nothing can hold back arms race if Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with US is not renewed
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a global arms race is inevitable if the US and Russia do not agree to extend the ten-year Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which is due to expire in early 2021.
Signed by the USA and Russia in 2010, the treaty limits the development and deployment of nuclear weapons and their means of delivery.
In February, the USA announced plans to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) with Russia, which banned all land-based missiles with the range up to 5,500 km (3,420 miles), and officially left six months later.
Russia, the USA and China are not the only nuclear-armed countries, Lavrov reminded, and any multilateral arms control deal should actually involve other actors as well.
The UK, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, as well as “a couple” of other countries have nuclear weaponry – and Russia is ready for talks with all of them in any format possible.
Moscow is also even ready to include its new, modern ballistic missiles and state-of-art hyper-sonic systems into discussions of the treaty.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.