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The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov stated about the US decision to withdraw from the Treaty on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (SNV-3). It is reported by RIA Novosti.
“Apparently, the decision not to renew the Treaty (start-3) in the USA has already been taken”, — said the foreign Minister. He believes that this is evidenced by the persistence of Washington’s desire to connect to the participation in the Treaty of China. In addition, the US put forward the conditions for inclusion in the conversation of the latest Russian weapons that “means to knock at an open door,” said Lavrov.
The validity of the start-3 expires in February 2021, this is the last existing agreement on arms control between Russia and the United States. In Washington has indicated that it will 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 Director of the Department of arms control Ministry of foreign Affairs of China Fu Cong said that China will participate in tripartite negotiations on arms control with the United States and Russia, if the U.S. side agrees to reduce its nuclear Arsenal to the level of the PRC.
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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