Washington has refused President Vladimir Putin’s provide to increase New START, the final remaining arms management treaty between the US and Russia, for one yr with none preconditions.
“President Putin’s response at present to increase New START… is a non-starter,” the US Nationwide Safety Advisor Robert O’Brien stated in response to Moscow’s provide, including that Washington hopes Russia “will reevaluate its place earlier than a pricey arms race ensues.”
(2/3) This could have been a win for each side, and we believed the Russians have been keen to simply accept this proposal after I met with my counterpart in Geneva. President Putin’s response at present to increase New START with out freezing nuclear warheads is a non-starter.
— NSC (@WHNSC) October 16, 2020
By the way, a possible arms race was what Putin was warning in opposition to as he prolonged his provide to the US. A failure to lengthen the important thing arms discount settlement, formally often known as Strategic Arms Discount Treaty, would go away the world “with none devices to curb an arms race,” the Russian president instructed the nation’s safety council earlier on Friday.
Following America’s unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Vary Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty final yr, the 2010 New START settlement stays the one energetic arms-control deal between the 2 nuclear powers. The treaty is because of expire in February 2021 and negotiations to increase it have thus far been deadlocked.
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The deal limits the variety of nuclear warheads the US and Russia may possess to 1,550 every. It additionally says that every aspect should have not more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers. The whole variety of strategic nuclear supply automobiles should not exceed 800.
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