Russia and the United States are not negotiating a new strategic arms reduction treaty to replace START III. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Izvestia about this.
“No projects of this kind exist today. Some blanks remain from the past era. They are fragmentary and relate more to the methodology of approach to this topic than to the substantive side and basic components of such agreements. But even these blanks today look like some kind of relics,” the diplomat said.
In February 2023, Russia announced the suspension of participation in the START-3 treaty. It expires in February 2026.
Ryabkov also noted that if the United States expects to win the next arms race, repeating to some extent the experience of relations with the Soviet Union and large-scale political games of the United States around the Strategic Defense Initiative, they are mistaken.
“We will not succumb to provocations, which are very typical of American policy in the Russian direction, but we are guaranteed to ensure our security,” the deputy minister emphasized.
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