The US would like to start negotiations with Russia to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expires in 2026. This was announced on Wednesday, August 3, at a briefing by US Deputy Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins. According to her, there are no concrete terms for resuming the dialogue on this issue.
Jenkins believes that Russia and the US have made progress: the two major nuclear powers have reduced their nuclear arsenals. These are the results of several years of work, reports TASS. “We want to get back to the negotiating table and start a dialogue with Russia,” she said, noting that she expects Russia to act in good faith.
In June, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation said that to discuss the extension of START needed a long time ago, this cannot be avoided. And the Russian ambassador in Washington said that Russia is ready to resume consultations if the American side has such a readiness.
The Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3) was signed in 2010 in Prague by the presidents of Russia and the United States. In February 2021, it was extended for five years. The treaty established the maximum allowable number of weapons in the arsenals of Russia and the United States.