Russia urged the United States to save the New Start nuclear treaty to reduce strategic nuclear weapons that are due to expire within nine months – on February 5, 2021.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia’s Interfax news agency that there was no clarity as to whether the United States was ready to implement the agreement.
He described the American proposals to include China in the agreement as “far from reality”.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on its website on Friday that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced again his country’s readiness to renegotiate the terms of the “New Start” treaty to limit strategic nuclear weapons, which limits strategic arsenals of Russia and the United States.
According to the ministry statement quoted by Bloomberg News, Lavrov made his offer in a phone call on Friday with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected Russian invitations to enter into talks on the extension of the treaty, and Pompeo reiterated that any new agreement must include China, which has so far refused to accept any restrictions on its smaller nuclear capabilities.
The 10-year treaty, the last treaty that limits the nuclear forces of the two enemies during the previous Cold War, includes an option to renew it for another five years with the agreement of both parties.