Sergey Ryabkov: Russia, US agree to extend New START on Moscow’s conditions
- 27 January 2021
Russia and the US have agreed to extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) without pre-conditions, as Moscow insisted, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told journalists on Wednesday, APA reports citing TASS.
"On our conditions," he said in response to a corresponding question by TASS. "For five years without pre-conditions, without any additions, without any appendices whatsoever," he added.
The senior diplomat said that earlier he had exchanged notes with US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan that record the extension of the New START treaty for five years.
He emphasized that the decision is mutually beneficial and is the only right one. "We now have a significant amount of time in order to launch and hold profound bilateral talks on the whole set of issues that influence strategic stability, ensure security of our state for a long period ahead. Without a doubt, without extending the New START treaty for five years, this task would have been much more difficult," he pointed out. "So, we welcome the decision of the Biden administration to agree to our proposal of a five-year extension," he added.