Trump's Special Envoy: We Will Be Glad To Continue The Modernization Of Nuclear Weapons Without Restrictions Under The START Treaty
Trump's special envoy: we will be glad to continue the modernization of nuclear weapons without restrictions under the START Treaty.
The U.S. sees nothing wrong with the fact that the U.S.-Russian Treaty on Further Measures for the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START), which expires in February 2021, may not be extended, according to an interview with Kommersant by President Donald Trump's Special Envoy for Arms Control, Marshall Billingslea.
"We are going to modernize our nuclear forces. Russia has largely completed the modernization of its nuclear arsenal. We're just getting started. And we will be extremely happy to continue it without the restrictions imposed by the START Treaty," he said.
According to Mr. Billingslea, the current administration believes that the treaty is more beneficial for Russia than the United States. Russia, let us remind, proposed to extend it for another five years without any preconditions. From Marshall Billingslea's comment, it follows that Washington will agree to extend this treaty only if the two presidents in the coming months will adopt a joint statement-memoir, which indicates the contours of the multilateral treaty, which will replace the START.