The US actions are directed against the extension of the strategic offensive arms reduction Treaty (start-3). The question of the chances of extending the document should be asked by Washington, said on April 8, the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.
Media representatives recalled that on Wednesday it was exactly ten years since the signing of this document by the Russian Federation and the United States of America, but now there is a feeling that the coronavirus has put this issue on pause.
“Unfortunately, this is not just a feeling, it is a reality in which we exist. The coronavirus put many vital questions on hold. This question should be asked in Washington. Start remains the only document on the reduction of armaments. Actions to scrap this document are not being taken from Moscow. This is the reluctance of our American colleagues, for which we have repeatedly expressed our regret, ” Peskov said.
In March, the US state Department listed Russian weapons that it wants to include in the extension of the start-3 Treaty between Russia and the United States. At the same time, Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that it is impossible to change or Supplement the current STC-3.
In early February, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Russia and the US to extend the strategic arms reduction Treaty. He stressed that if the document is not extended, all control and monitoring mechanisms will be called into question.
The STCW was signed in 2010. It remains the only existing arms limitation Treaty between Russia and the United States. The agreement ends in February 2021.