Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: Russia hopes to hold talks with the United States on arms control in the next five years

China News Agency, Moscow, January 27 (reporter Wang Xiujun) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov said in Moscow on the 27th that the five-year extension agreement of the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons was reached in accordance with Russian conditions, and Russia hopes to hold talks with the United States on arms control in the next five years.

Ryabukov said that he and U.S. ambassador to Russia Sullivan exchanged notes on the 26th and determined the conditions for extending the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons. The five-year extension of the Treaty on further measures to reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons was reached on the basis of Russian conditions, without any preconditions or supplements.

Ryabukov said that Russia welcomes the decision of the Biden administration of the United States to extend the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons, which is a correct decision. Russia and the United States have quite a lot of time to conduct in-depth bilateral negotiations on all issues affecting strategic stability.

Ryabukov mentioned that the United States has complied with the key provisions of the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons, and has not violated the treaty’s restrictions on the number of deployable nuclear warheads and nuclear warhead delivery vehicles. Under the framework of the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons, the two sides conduct 18 regular mutual inspections each year. The number of inspections, the number of information exchanges and other measures are equal, and Russia has no responsibility to perform unilaterally.

Ryabukov said that if the United States tries to undermine Russia’s security, Russia will not rule out early withdrawal from the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit offensive strategic weapons.

On the 26th, Russian and US presidents said by telephone that in the next few days, the two sides will complete all necessary procedures to ensure the continued entry into force of the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons. On the 27th, the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) and the Federal Council (upper house of parliament) successively approved the agreement to extend the “Treaty on measures for further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive weapons” for five years.

The Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons was signed by the leaders of Russia and the United States in 2010. It officially entered into force on February 5, 2011 and is valid until February 5, 2021. The treaty stipulates that the two countries must comprehensively reduce the number of nuclear warheads and missiles deployed during the cold war. Seven years after the entry into force of the treaty, the number of their respective nuclear warheads will be reduced to 1550, and the number of nuclear missile launchers and bombers that can launch nuclear weapons will be reduced to 800, of which the number of deployed nuclear warhead launchers should not exceed 700.

At present, the Treaty on further reduction and limitation of offensive strategic weapons is the only major effective arms control treaty between Russia and the United States. Before that, Russia and the United States held several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons, but no substantive progress was made. On January 21 this year, White House press secretary pusaki said that the US side seeks to extend the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons, which is about to expire, for five years. (end)

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