Putin proposed a year-long extension of the nuclear deal with the United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for the last nuclear deal between his country and the United States to be saved’ and proposed an extension of at least a year.


Putin proposed a year-long extension of the nuclear deal with the United States

Putin's remarks come amid contradictory signals from Russian and US diplomats about the fate of the new START agreement, which expires in February unless Moscow and Washington agree to extend it.


Addressing his Security Council meeting, Putin said it would be "extremely regrettable" that the agreement would be terminated without replacing it with another key document of its kind.


"Over the years, New Start has played a key role in limiting and including the arms race," he noted.


WE President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new START agreement in 2010. Under the agreement, each country is not limited to more than 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and is inspected’ separately at the site to verify compliance.


After both Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty last year, the new start is the only nuclear arms control agreement between the two countries.


Earlier, Russia offered an unconditional five-year extension, while the US administration called for a new arms control treaty that would include China. Moscow has called the idea unworkable, pointing to Beijing's refusal to negotiate a deal that would go far beyond its nuclear arsenal.


On Friday, Putin proposed an "unconditional one-year extension of the current agreement" to allow "concrete talks". He stressed that Russia is ready to discuss new weapons in future arms talks with the United States.


Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed skepticism about reaching an agreement on a new START, saying Russia could not accept the terms offered by the United States for its expansion.


Lavrov made it clear that Russia could not agree with the US proposal to limit nuclear weapons to the battlefield with nuclear weapons, which would be equipped with strategic missiles and bombers as long as the United States does not have its own nuclear weapons. Does not agree to withdraw from Europe.


He also noted that Moscow would not accept US demands, such as measures to endorse the intervention that existed in the 1990s when inspectors were stationed’ at missile factories.


Lavrov's pessimistic views contradict statements by US diplomats, who said Moscow and Washington were close to an agreement.


"We would welcome the opportunity to complete the agreement based on the agreements reached over the past two weeks on what the prospects look like for the expansion of the new start and as a result in US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the world has weapons.


"I hope that the Russians will find a way to agree on a conclusion that, in fact, I think is in their best interest and in our best interest," Pompeo said. He indicated that China would eventually join the talks.


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