Russia and the United States did not stop cooperation on the strategic offensive arms reduction treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The agreement expires in 2026. Contract inspections were suspended due to the pandemic
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Moscow and Washington continue to discuss the implementation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3), the dialogue has not been terminated. This was stated by the director of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Ermakov in an interview with TASS.
“We would like to clarify that the interaction between Russia and the United States as parties to the current START Treaty, or as it is also called START-3, has not been interrupted. In the forms provided for this, the consideration of issues related to its implementation continues, the exchange of the necessary data and notifications is being conducted, — Yermakov said.
He also added that Russia expects to continue this work until the expiration of the Treaty— until February 2026. The diplomat recalled that START inspections were suspended by mutual agreement of the parties due to quarantine in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Russia and the United States signed START in 2010 for ten years. The agreement entered into force in February 2011. According to the treaty, each side must have no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads. The number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and strategic missile-carrying bombers should not exceed 700 units, and the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers of ICBMs and SLBMs and heavy bombers— 800 units.
On February 5, 2021, the agreement expired. The administration of former US President Donald Trump offered to connect China to it, but Russia refused. In January 2021, current US President Joe Biden submitted a proposal to extend START-3. UN Secretary General António Guterres urged Moscow and Washington to act quickly. At the end of the month, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a bill to the State Duma to extend the contract for five years.
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