The United States is interested in implementing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Deputy Secretary of State for Arms Control Bonnie Jenkins said on July 21.
“We are still very interested in START, believing that it meets both our interests and the interests of the Russian side. We remain interested in the implementation of this international legally binding document along with Russia,” she said.
According to Jenkins, Washington would also like to have “some kind of dialogue” with China on the topic of arms control. “We absolutely do not need the emergence of new nuclear powers” Mikhail Ulyanov, permanent representative to international organizations of the Russian Federation in Vienna, on the prospects for disarmament, negotiations on the Iranian deal and the strategic mistake of the West
Earlier in the day, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said that a talk between Russia and the United States on strategic stability may someday take place, but not in the near future. He also expressed the opinion that the United States and NATO are provoking Russia and pushing the whole world into conflicts.
At the same time, as Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia‘s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, told Izvestia on July 21, at present there is not the slightest reason for the denunciation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, START-3) by both the United States and the Russian Federation. The potential of START-3 in the matter of ensuring stability has not yet been exhausted. However, for its implementation it is necessary that the United States fundamentally change its policy towards Moscow, he explained.
On June 17, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reacted in a conversation with Izvestia to Washington’s initiative on a new format of nuclear deterrence. The updated draft implies the participation of all the nuclear powers of the Security Council. Peskov agreed that it was impossible to negotiate on this issue without countries possessing nuclear weapons.
At present, the Russian side has suspended participation in the START treaty. This decision was announced on February 21 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking with a message to the Federal Assembly. The head of state stressed that Russia is not withdrawing from the treaty, but before returning to discussing the issue, it must understand for itself how the START will take into account the arsenals not only of the United States, but also of other NATO nuclear powers – Great Britain and France.
The agreement between Russia and the USA was signed in Prague on April 8, 2010. It involves reducing the nuclear arsenals of both countries. The Parties are obliged to exchange comprehensive databases on the status of warheads twice a year. At the end of March, the United States announced that Washington, in response to a similar decision by Russia, would no longer transfer key data about its strategic nuclear forces to Moscow.Share: