News ID: 276023
Published: 0447 GMT October 27, 2020

Russia rejects US proposals on new START verification, Ryabkov says

Russia rejects US proposals on new START verification, Ryabkov says
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Moscow maintains active dialogue on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), but will not make any other concessions, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested extending the last arms control agreement between the US and Russia for another year without any conditions, stressing that a world without the New START would be worryingly vulnerable, reported on Tuesday.

Ryabkov also said that Moscow does not accept the US proposal for verification within the framework of the New START.

"We have the full impression that the Americans do not need any agreements, they only need verification. And verification, in the way proposed by them, is, basically, to establish external control over the most sensitive elements of ensuring the entire systems of our national security. This is unacceptable for us," the deputy minister said.

According to Ryabkov, Russia "cannot agree to such a proposal for higher reasons".

"We said and continue to say that any agreement in this area is possible only where both interests are balanced, as a certain compromise. We are ready for this but see no indication that the US side is prepared to compromise. Therefore, we conclude that attaining basic agreement in the present segment is, to put it mildly, doubtful," the diplomat noted.

He added that Moscow is disappointed by the signs it sees from the US regarding an extension of the New START.

"We are having vigorous talks with the US on these issues. The signs we are getting from them disappoint us. The Americans do not seem to understand that we cannot implement proposals, when the US, rather than making requests, keeps piling on demand after demand," Ryabkov said.

The statement comes after Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that Russia is urging the US to stop trying to bargain for benefits in the last days of the New START.

He added that Washington has bluntly rejected to prolong the treaty as it was signed without any conditions.

On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin said "nothing bad will happen" if the New START gets extended for one year, as it would provide both sides with more time to find a compromise. US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has commented on Putin’s proposal calling it a "non-starter".

The US had previously suggested prolonging the treaty for one year if Moscow and Washington froze the number of their nuclear warheads during that period.

The New START that is set to expire in February 2021, is the last arms control agreement between the US and Russia.




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