Peskov considers it inevitable to discuss the extension of the START-3 treaty

The discussion of the START-3 extension is important not only for Russia and the United States, but also for the security of the whole world, the Kremlin representative believes

Dmitry Peskov

Russia and the United States should discuss the extension of the treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive (START-3), since this topic concerns the whole world and global security, said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

According to him, it is impossible to avoid a dialogue on the extension of the treaty, but to discuss the extension of START-3 “yesterday” was needed.

“And this discussion is important not only for the peoples of our two countries, but for the whole world, for global security,”— he told RIA Novosti.

Moscow and Washington signed the START-3 treaty in 2010, its validity period was 10 years and provided for the reduction of deployed nuclear warheads by Russia and the United States to 1,500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic missile-carrying bombers— up to 700.

The agreement expired on February 5, 2021, shortly before that, Russia and the United States extended it for five years— until February 5, 2026.

In May, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Moscow and Washington were continuing dialogue on the implementation of the treaty and the exchange of data. They recalled that under quarantine conditions, due to the coronavirus pandemic, by agreement of the parties, mutual inspections provided for by START-3 were suspended.

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At the same time, the State Department advocated maintaining restrictions under START-3 after 2026. In addition, Washington is in favor of including in the new potential agreement not only intercontinental ballistic missiles, but also missiles with a shorter range, said Mallory Stewart, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control.

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