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Russia’s permanent representative to the international organizations Mikhail Ulyanov said that France and Britain did not want to sign a contract in the sphere of strategic offensive arms (start) with Russia and the United States. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
The diplomat said that Paris and London have taken unilateral reductions, but “on a contractual basis to continue the process they are not going to.” In this case a similar refusal to accede to the start Treaty, according to Ulyanov, followed by China.
Earlier, the Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control (DNCW) of the MFA of Russia Vladimir Ermakov said that the further reduction of strategic offensive weapons is impossible without the participation of Britain and France.
The validity of the start-3 expires in February 2021.
The Treaty on the limitation of strategic offensive arms was signed in 2010 by then presidents of Russia and the USA Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. It entered into force in 2011. the Document, called start-3, replaced the old agreement to reduce strategic offensive arms, signed by the USSR and the USA in 1991 and expired 5 December 2009. Under the agreement, the Russian and American sides during the seven years pledge to reduce the number of deployed strategic delivery vehicles — Intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missile submarines, and heavy bombers to 700 units.
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