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Russia's Permanent Representative In Vienna Called On The US To Decide On The Extension Of The START III

Russia's Permanent Representative In Vienna Called On The US To Decide On The Extension Of The START III

It is time for the United States to decide on the issue of extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START III), according to the permanent representative of Russia to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov.

"Validity of the new start Treaty expires in exactly six months. There is still uncertainty about a theoretically still possible extension. Washington continues to remain silent. It's time to decide. It will be a pity if another important agreement is put under the knife by the States," Ulyanov wrote on Twitter.

The Russian-American PRSP expires at the beginning of next year if the parties do not agree on an extension. The agreement was signed in 2010. According to its terms, each of the parties reduces its start so that seven years after its entry into force and in the future, their total numbers do not exceed 700 deployed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers (HB), 1,550 warheads on them, 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM, SLBM and TB launchers. The agreement remains in force for ten years (until February 5, 2021), unless replaced by a subsequent agreement before that date. It can also be extended for no more than five years (i.e. until 2026) by mutual consent of the parties.

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