White House rejects Russian call to extend nuclear arms control treaty — RT World News

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Washington has refused President Vladimir Putin’s supply to increase New START, the final remaining arms management treaty between the US and Russia, for one 12 months with none preconditions.

“President Putin’s response right this moment to increase New START… is a non-starter,” the US Nationwide Safety Advisor Robert O’Brien stated in response to Moscow’s supply, including that Washington hopes Russia “will reevaluate its place earlier than a pricey arms race ensues.”

By the way, a possible arms race was what Putin was warning towards as he prolonged his supply to the US. A failure to lengthen the important thing arms discount settlement, formally referred to as Strategic Arms Discount Treaty, would depart the world “with none devices to curb an arms race,” the Russian president instructed the nation’s safety council earlier on Friday.

Following America’s unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Vary Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty final 12 months, the 2010 New START settlement stays the one lively arms-control deal between the 2 nuclear powers. The treaty is because of expire in February 2021 and negotiations to increase it have to date been deadlocked.

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The deal limits the variety of nuclear warheads the US and Russia may possess to 1,550 every. It additionally says that every aspect should have not more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers. The entire variety of strategic nuclear supply autos should not exceed 800.

Putin’s Friday supply was Moscow’s newest try to interrupt the deadlock in negotiations over the treaty extension. “I’ve a proposal: to lengthen the present settlement with none preconditions for no less than a 12 months in order that significant negotiations might be carried out on all of the parameters of the issues,” he stated.

The Russian president admitted it could be “extraordinarily unhappy” to see the settlement ceasing to exist with out being changed by one other “basic doc.” He additionally lauded the New START treaty, for having efficiently put a bridle on the arms race for a couple of decade.

Moscow has repeatedly referred to as on the US to lengthen the settlement with none preconditions. Russia has additionally stated it’s prepared to debate together with its newest state-of-the-art weapons within the treaty, as a part of an extension.

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“We perceive that we now have developed new weapons techniques that the US aspect doesn’t possess, for now, no less than. But, we’re open to discussing this subject as nicely,” Putin stated on Friday. Earlier, comparable statements had been made by Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov, who stated Russia’s army was prepared to contemplate nuclear-capable Avangard hypersonic glider and the brand new Sarmat ICBM as probably being topic to the brand new START treaty.

The US has been reluctant to increase the settlement with no set of preconditions, a few of which seem like out of Moscow’s attain. The calls for Washington put ahead throughout varied rounds of negotiations with Russia concerned dragging China into the deal – one thing that Beijing has been staunchly against. The US has additionally insisted that the UK and France – America’s NATO allies – should be saved out of the deal, in addition to the NATO nuclear arsenal in Europe. Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons, nevertheless, had been proposed for inclusion.

Moscow has by no means agreed to any of those preconditions, however this didn’t cease the US negotiator, Marshall Billingslea, from declaring that the perimeters had reached “an settlement in precept” earlier this week, whereas rolling out one other demand.

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“We’re, in actual fact, keen to increase the New START treaty for some time period, supplied that they [Russia], in return, conform to a limitation – a freeze – on their nuclear arsenal,” Billingslea stated, calling Moscow a “serial treaty violator.”

The supply, void of any significant reciprocal concessions on the US aspect, was shortly shot down by the Russian overseas ministry, which referred to as it unacceptable.

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