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Moscow disagrees with US terms
Moscow believes that the chances of an extension of the US-Russian START III, the most recent major nuclear arms control agreement between the two countries, are “minimal” because it does not accept the terms set forth by Washington..
This was stated on Monday by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
The diplomat’s comments came after the US President’s Special Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley told the Kommersant newspaper that Moscow should adopt a joint document with the United States to extend the treaty until the US presidential elections in November.
“I suppose that if Russia … does not accept [our proposal], then after Trump is re-elected, the” entry fee “, as we say in the United States, will increase,” Billigsley said in an interview with Kommersant..
Ryabkov said that Billingsley’s terms represent an ultimatum and lower the chances of reaching an agreement to extend the contract expiring next February..
“We cannot talk in this genre,” he said, according to TASS.
Another Russian agency, RIA Novosti, quoted Ryabkov as saying that the chances of an extension of START-3 are minimal..
Treaty signed in 2010 limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads that Russia and the United States can deploy.
Its non-extension will destroy the main pillar of the nuclear balance between the two countries, which will add another element of tension to their already uneasy relationship..
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