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Russia is ready to extend the START Treaty

Russia is ready to extend the START Treaty

Both Trump and Putin have already agreed to a deal whose terms could be tightened by the U.S. side due to the election.

The Russian side is ready to extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms without preconditions (START) with the United States. It was stated by the First Deputy post president of the Russian Federation Dmitry Polyansky during his speech at the First Committee of 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday, October 9.

“Among the most urgent tasks in this area is the extension of the Russian-American START Treaty. Ready for this without any preconditions, we suggest the U.S. do it without artificial puffs”, — said in the speech.

Polyansky also noted that “prolongation would be a reasonable step to gain time to consider future approaches to arms control”.

At the same time, Associated Press reported that Washington and Moscow have reached “agreements in principle” on the agreement. However, it is not yet known whether it is about extending the START Treaty or signing a new agreement.

According to the AR, both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have already agreed to a deal, the terms of which could be tightened by the U.S. side if the negotiations are not completed before the presidential election on November 3.

As reported earlier, General John Heathen, head of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, suggested inventing a replacement for the current START Treaty.

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