“The United States is ready to negotiate only in one area where they feel vulnerable. They do not intend to change their policy in anything else, ”the senator wrote in his Telegram channel.
Thus, Pushkov commented on the intention of the United States to sign a new document with Russia to replace the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START).
It is emphasized that the United States wants to return to the negotiating table as soon as the Russian Federation “shows goodwill in the context of the situation around Ukraine.”
A day earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow had repeatedly spoken about the need to start negotiations with the United States on the extension of the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START-3) as soon as possible. According to him, there is little time left to extend the contract.
Prior to this, on August 1, US President Joe Biden announced his readiness to discuss with Russia a new arms control system that would replace the START-3 signed in 2011. Its validity expires in 2026.
According to the head of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, former Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, the fact that US President Joe Biden remembered the need to negotiate with Russia on the most pressing topics is positive, while it is important “to see how serious this statement is and what is behind it.
On June 11, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov, speaking about the need to discuss the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between Russia and the United States, noted that “time is running out” and the parties should now “start working on what will replace it.”
Russia and the United States signed the START-3 treaty in 2010 for 10 years, it entered into force in 2011. The agreement provided for the reduction by each of the parties of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,500, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles of submarines and strategic missile-carrying bombers to 700.