Russia Is Not Ready To Say “Yes” To New START Treaty
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It’s just come down the wire: CNN just reported, in italics, that “Russia on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, rejected assertions by the Trump administration that the US and Russia had come to a “gentlemen’s agreement” on extending a key arms control agreement and dismissed the idea that a deal would be reached before the US presidential election.“ Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, said, on Tuesday, said “that there is an agreement in principle at the highest levels of our two governments” for the U.S. to extend the New START Treaty “for some period of time” in exchange for Russia freezing its nuclear arsenal. Sergei Alexeyevich Rybakov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister (relations with American countries and security and disarmament issues), stated that the position on freezing the arsenal was “unacceptable” not because Russia is against freezing, but because Russia needs to deal with the strategic stability problem as a complex problem. Ryabkov said that the U.S. would not get an agreement on strategic arms control from Moscow before the election. He said, “If the Americans need to report to their superiors something about allegedly reaching an agreement with the Russian Federation before their elections, then they will not get it.”
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