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Robert O'Brien Doesn't Think The US Will Withdraw From The STCW

Robert O'Brien Doesn't Think The US Will Withdraw From The STCW

According to Robert O'Brien, Washington intends to "negotiate in good faith with the Russians on nuclear arms control."

Assistant to the US President for national security Robert O'Brien does not believe that Washington intends to withdraw from the Treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms (STCW). He said this on Thursday on the Fox News channel.

On the question of whether the United States to withdraw from the start Treaty, he said: "No, I don't think so." According to O'Brien, the US intends to " negotiate in good faith with the Russians on nuclear arms control." "I believe that the Russians are interested in full-fledged arms control, we are interested in full-fledged arms control," said an aide to US President Donald Trump.

"I am cautiously optimistic that we will be able to make progress on the STCW," he added. "We will soon have full consultations with the Russians on arms control. The President is determined to do this, " O'Brien also said.

As a Trump aide noted, the US "would like the Chinese side to participate" in these consultations. Speaking about arms control, O'Brien noted: "This is probably the most important task for the President."

The extension of the STAR Treaty

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on May 19 that the Russian Federation and the United States plan to hold a video conference on strategic stability. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, earlier he and the United States Secretary of state Michael Pompeo agreed to establish contacts between the US President's special representative for arms control Marshall Billingsley and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Their conversation took place on May 8.

Ryabkov told TASS on May 11 that Russia was offering the United States an extension of the STCW for five years, during which time it would be possible to develop a new mechanism.

The STCW was signed by Russia and the United States in 2010. It remains in force for 10 years (until February 5, 2021), unless replaced by a subsequent agreement before that date. The document can be extended for no more than five years, that is, until 2026, by mutual consent of the parties. Moscow calls on Washington not to delay the decision on the extension of the Treaty and describes it as the gold standard in the field of disarmament.

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