USA and Russia at work by extension on the New Start treaty
Covid has imposed a long pause in negotiations so far
Russia and United States are actively working on the resumption of inspections for a further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive weapons, what is usually called the New Start treaty, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. According to reports from the Russian media, there are still no agreements from this point of view, but there is a cautious optimism about achieving good results. Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister, spoke on the subject in the last few hours: “The work is in progress and it is clear that the situation of covid-19 is in a phase of change, even quite dynamic. Some time ago we started discussing this problem”. The sanitary and epidemiological rules come first, however it was recognized by both sides that the pause in the negotiations was very long.
According to Ryabkov, the right balance needs to be found in adopting measures to ensure the normal implementation of the Treaty in terms of verification. Last January Washington and Moscow agreed to extend the New Start treaty, with Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin both expressing great satisfaction with what had happened during a telephone conversation. The next few months will now be used to initiate and consolidate bilateral talks on other issues having to do with strategic stability. The nervousness between Moscow and Washington must be avoided at all costs and one of the best ways to do this is to focus attention on this topic.
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