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Russia ready to accept US proposal to extend nuclear pact

By: AP | Moscow |

October 20, 2020 9:53:10 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP/file)

Russia mentioned Tuesday it’s prepared to just accept a US proposal to freeze the variety of nuclear warheads and lengthen the 2 nations’ final arms management pact for one 12 months.

The assertion from the Russian Overseas Ministry marks a shift in Moscow’s place after Russia and the U.S. rejected one another’s provides relating to the New START treaty that expires in February. The ministry famous that it’s prepared for a deal if the U.S. does the identical and doesn’t put ahead any extra calls for, the assertion learn.

The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by then U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

The pact limits every nation to not more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages sweeping on-site inspections to confirm compliance.

After each Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Vary Nuclear Forces Treaty final 12 months, the New START is the one remaining nuclear arms management deal between the 2 international locations.

Russia has provided its extension with none situations, whereas the Trump administration initially pushed for a brand new arms management settlement that may additionally embrace China. It just lately modified its stance and proposed a one-year extension of the 2010 treaty, however mentioned this have to be coupled with the imposition of a broader cap on U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. The cap would cowl warheads not restricted by the New START treaty.

Russia has agreed to a one-year extension however resisted a broader cap on warheads till Tuesday.

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