The Russian and US authorities have agreed to extend the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START) without preconditions, as Moscow insisted on, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“(The contract will be extended – Russia Daily News) on our terms. For five years without preconditions, without any additions, without any “appendages”, – Ryabkov said.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that experts from Russia and the United States had begun work on the issue of a possible extension of the START Treaty. The US plans to extend the document for five years earlier, White House spokesman Jen Psaki announced. According to her, the extension of the agreement makes even more sense now, when “relations with Russia are adversarial.” On October 16, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed extending the agreement for at least one year.
The current treaty expires on February 4. It was signed in 2010. According to it, Russia and the United States pledged, within seven years, to reduce their strategic armaments to 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers (TB), 1550 warheads on them. 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBMs, SLBMs and TB.