Putin proposed to extend the START treaty unconditionally for at least one year

Moscow’s October 16 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed an unconditional extension of the new strategic arms reduction treaty, which expires next year, for at least one year. On the 16th, the Kremlin website issued a statement saying Putin called the Standing Committee of the Russian Federation security conference to discuss the issue of the new strategic arms reduction treaty. Putin said at the meeting that the extension of the treaty aims to gain opportunities for detailed consultations on related issues and prevent the loss of basic documents in this area by Russia and the United States and all countries around the world that want to maintain strategic stability. Mr Putin also said that “it would be a tragedy” if the new strategic arms reduction treaty fails and lacks other such basic documents. He noted that the treaty played a good fundamental role in the limitation of the arms race and arms control. The new strategic arms reduction treaty signed by the United States and Russia in 2010 will expire in 2021, which aims to limit the number of nuclear warheads and means of delivery deployed by the United States and Russia. After the expiration of the China Navigation Treaty of the United States and Russia in 2019, the new strategic arms reduction treaty has become the only arms control treaty between the two countries. In order to discuss the issues related to the extension of the new strategic arms reduction treaty, the representatives of the United States and Russia began to hold arms control and line-to-line consultations in Vienna on June 22 this year. According to reports, the two countries have not made breakthrough progress in a new round of military control dialogue held in Vienna between the two countries.