US named condition for extension of START

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DUSHANBE,  Special Representative of the US President for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley called the main condition for the extension of the Russian-American strategic offensive arms agreement (START), the newspaper The Washington Times reports.

According to him, Moscow should convince China to also sit at the negotiating table.

Billingsley noted that “one of the main problems with the new START Treaty” is that it “does not involve the Chinese.” He also expressed the view that the agreement is more beneficial to Russia than the United States.

On May 7, US President Donald Trump, after a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Washington and Moscow want to reach an arms control agreement. During the conversation, the American leader said that now was the right time for cooperation.

In early April, Russia once again called on the United States to renew the START Treaty as soon as possible. In turn, the United States announced the study of options for the extension of this agreement.

However, it later became known that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to intensify the dialogue on START.

START was signed in 2010. It remains the only current arms limitation treaty between Russia and the United States. The agreement expires in February 2021.


Source: National information agency of Tajikistan