According to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Russia is going to resolve differences with the U.S. on the issue on the extension of the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3), which expires in 2021.
“We believe that we will be able to resolve the problems with the implementation of the treaty with the American side and extend it,” he said. “I would not like the world to fall into the situation of the absence of any serious treaty instruments of mutual control over the strategic offensive arms of the two largest nuclear states for the first time in February 2021 because of the destructive US line.”
According to Russian military experts, the United States tries to “reserve for itself the opportunity to quickly strengthen its capacity up to more than 1,200 war blocks.
“It is almost twice as high as 1550 units permitted under the START Treaty,” he stated.
Senior diplomat pointed that Moscow is “interested in extending the START Treaty until the U.S. is interested. If they reject, it will not be a tragedy for us. The defense capability of the country over the medium term is ensured,” said Ryabkov.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website