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The United States is committed to the extension of the Treaty on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (start-3) under certain conditions. This was stated by the special representative of the President of the United States arms control Marshall Billingsley, reports TASS.
He agreed with Moscow’s position that the Treaty should be multilateral. “Our definition for “multilateral” might be a slightly different, but the principle remains the same,” he said, noting that Russia wants to include France and the UK, and the US insists on the inclusion of China.
In addition, Billingsley pointed to the verification regime of the start Treaty conditions and causing “serious concern about Russia’s behavior”.
Earlier on 24 June, the Wall Street Journal found that the US President Donald trump may agree to extend the contract, if the parties will achieve progress in the inclusion of new strict measures of verification, if it will take into account all the nuclear warheads and also in case of accession of China. The source expressed doubts that such requirements of the head of state will be final.
June 22, Russia and the United States meet in Vienna to discuss the extension of the Treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms. During consultations were discussed including maintaining stability and predictability in terms of termination of the Agreement on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range after the US.
The contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3) was signed in 2010 by then presidents of Russia and the USA Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement came into force in 2011 and his term expires in February 2021-th.
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