The United States is willing to meet with Russia on a verifiable arms control agreement

Washington, October 20, the U.S. State Department issued a brief statement on 20 October, saying that the United States is ready to hold an immediate meeting with Russia to reach a verifiable arms control agreement. The statement said that the United States “appreciates” Russia’s willingness to make progress on nuclear arms control and is ready to hold an immediate meeting with Russia to reach a verifiable agreement. Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Russia has not received an official reply from the United States on Russia’s proposal to extend the START treaty for at least one year. Russia is ready to make a joint political commitment with the United States to freeze the number of nuclear warheads of both sides during the extension period, in order to get a reply from the US side on the extension of the Treaty for one year. If the US side accepts this plan, the two sides can carry out a series of negotiations on future nuclear arms control within the extension period of the treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to the United States an unconditional extension of start for at least one year. On the same day, U.S. president’s national security affairs assistant O’Brien said in response that Russia’s proposal to extend the treaty without limiting the number of nuclear warheads is “unworkable”. The United States proposes to extend the Treaty for one year, but the two countries must limit the number of their own nuclear warheads. The United States and Russia signed the new START treaty in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. The treaty will expire in February 2021. In order to discuss issues related to the extension of the treaty, representatives of the United States and Russia began to hold several rounds of dialogue and negotiation in June this year, but no substantive progress has been made.