The United States proposed extending the START treaty for one year with a limit on all nuclear warheads whilst Putin stated no conditions.
The United States called the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal a failure to extend the Treaty on Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START) without any conditions. So commented the proposal the adviser to the President of the United States on national security Robert O.Brien.
He recalled that the United States offered the Russian Federation to extend the START Treaty for one year with a limit on all nuclear warheads.
“This would be a victory for both sides, and we believed that the Russians were ready to accept this offer. Today’s response from President Putin to extend the new START treaty without freezing nuclear warheads is a failure,” he said.
OʼBrien expressed hope that Russia will reevaluate its position before “a costly arms race” ensues.
Earlier this week, the United States announced the final condition for START 3: Washington is ready to extend the treaty with Moscow, provided that both countries temporarily freeze the size of their nuclear arsenals. Being in Russia, the American side refused this offer calling it “unacceptable.”
START-3 is an agreement between Russia and the United States on mutual arsenals of deployed strategic nuclear weapons reduction. It was signed on April 8, 2010 and entered into force on February 5, 2011. The contract expires on February 5, 2021.
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