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Washington suggests discussing transparency in armaments

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States made a proposal to discuss transparency and rules of conduct in the field of armaments, rather than their reduction and limitation. Such a statement was made by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on the air of the television program “The Big Game” on Channel One on Sunday, December 22.

“The Americans said an interesting thing: they mentioned that they are not talking about reduction and limitation, they would rather like to agree on a set of mutually acceptable conditions, on transparency and rules of conduct,” the head of the Russian foreign affairs agency RIA Novosti quotes.

Lavrov called such an approach “interesting,” but he noted that Russia, in turn, wants to see the implementation of this approach on paper in order to understand how applicable it is to the Russian Federation and other potential participants.

December 10, following talks with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sergey Lavrov proposed United States extend its strategic offensive arms. He expressed the view that by agreement the two nuclear powers would be able to calm world public opinion and prevent a vacuum in the issue of arms control.

The Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START-START-3) was signed in 2010. It remains the only current arms limitation treaty between Russia and the United States. The agreement expires in February 2021.

In October, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov called for an extension of the treaty “as is” . Moscow, according to him, is ready for such a step and expects a positive response from Washington. In August, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, proposed to include in the START-3 “all new Russian weapons.

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