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The United States is ready to return to dialogue on the extension or conclusion of a new document to replace the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START-3), which expires in 2026, said the Deputy U.S. Secretary of State for Arms Control Bonnie Jenkins.
According to her, Washington is ready to return to negotiations as soon as Moscow “shows goodwill” in the context of the situation around Ukraine. “That's the setting we're looking at right now,” — she said.
At the same time, Jenkins added that Washington does not set a specific date for when this will happen.
START-3 (START-3)— this is an agreement on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms, which Washington and Moscow signed in 2010 for a period of ten years. It provided for the reduction by the parties of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic missile-carrying bombers— to 700. On February 5, 2021, its validity period was to come to an end, however, the parties agreed to extend it for another five years— until February 5, 2026.
On August 1, US President Joe Biden said that the US administration is ready to discuss with Russia an arms control system that will replace START-3. “Russia should show that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States,” — stressed the head of state.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, in response, recalled that Moscow has repeatedly advocated negotiations with the United States on the extension or conclusion of a new treaty to replace START-3, but the United States “de facto” previously showed no interest in such contacts.
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