News “The United States still has not received a notification of a new START treaty from Russia.” News headlines and events Last Minute Russia
US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Mallory Stewart said Washington is still awaiting notification from Russia of the formalization of its decision to suspend its participation in the New START nuclear arms control treaty.
“We have not received any official notification of the suspension of additional notifications regarding the Treaty,” said Mallory Stewart, who attended an event at the Brookings Institution think tank on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to suspend New START.
Therefore, Stewart noted that the Biden administration, like everyone else, followed what the Russian government said in statements and messages, in addition to the formal notification process for the agreement: “The suspension has not yet officially entered into force, as of today we are still receiving regular notifications by agreement, but as far as we have heard from our Russian counterparts, the suspension has not yet taken effect and we expect these notifications to end as soon as they become official. “So we are trying to understand what other elements can be included in the suspension decision and what can be kept.”
The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State also stated that they currently expect the only launch notifications under the 1988 agreement to be the suspended part of New START, and recalled that Russia has said it will comply with basic quantitative restrictions.
“In order to maintain a sufficient degree of predictability and stability in the nuclear missile sphere, Russia will adhere to a responsible approach and will continue to comply with quantitative restrictions on strategic offensive weapons as long as the treaty is in force,” the statement said. This is stated in the message of the Ministry last week.
The ministry also noted that they would continue to exchange notifications with the American side on launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles on the basis of a corresponding agreement signed with the post-Soviet space and the United States in 1998.
Asked if the Biden administration would continue to provide the notifications required by New START regardless of what the Russians do, Mallory Stewart said: “We are currently reviewing the options available. I think it depends on what effect this suspension will have, how it will go, what reasons they will formally give us for a decision, and what kind of notices they end up giving. As far as providing information, I think we’re not sure at the moment, it’s a very open question as we haven’t seen their official notices. So once we understand what they want to do, we need to figure out what we can do.”
The Deputy Secretary of State also responded to Russia’s accusations of violations regarding the United States’ compliance with the agreement or the restrictions imposed.
Noting that Russia is concerned that its submarine ballistic missile (SLBM) launchers and heavy bombers have not been retrofitted enough to be included in the New START limit, Stewart said: “So they want to make sure that heavy bombers cannot carry nuclear weapons once they have been converted, and there are similar concerns about SLBM launchers. They want restrictions to be put in place,” he said.
“They claim that we have violated the agreement, but do not allow us to show them how we did not violate the agreement,” Mallowey Stewart said, highlighting the provisions of the audit agreement, stressing that the Bilateral Advisory Committee was created to address such issues. questions.
Stewart said the message of his willingness to sit down at the gun control negotiating table has been conveyed at all levels.
“What we have to talk about right now regarding New START is a challenge, but we are ready to do it and we need well-meaning partners to join us in this. That’s why we passed this on to Russia through our President, through our Secretary of State, through Bonnie Jenkins, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. We said we were ready to talk about it. “We just need to understand where these statements are coming from, what the intentions are behind Putin’s recent rhetoric, and how to fulfill our forward-looking commitments to reduce nuclear risk.”
Stating that they want Russia to stay close to arms control, Stewart said: “It is clear that it is in their domestic interests, our interests and global security interests to continue these negotiations. However, the messages we have heard from Putin are that they value gun control. “It calls into question the assumptions we’ve always had about that.”
The Brookings meeting also discussed whether the Biden administration is working on a different deal structure that could be a continuation of New START.
A US State Department spokesman said: “We need to implement this agreement first before we can figure out how we can move beyond New START. But we are considering all possibilities. We’re talking about trying to take a more comprehensive look at Russia’s strategic stockpiles, including massive tactical nuclear weapons. We take into account current challenges and the global community. We are looking at all of this as part of the comprehensive approach to deterrence that our Department of Defense is discussing.”
Mallory also stressed that Russia’s suspension of the agreement now will not deter the US or its allies and partners from supporting Ukraine; “Moscow’s ongoing nuclear threats further reinforce the importance of supporting Ukraine for the United States and the world community,” he said.
The New START agreement, signed in 2011, obliges the United States and Russia to limit the deployment of ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers equipped with nuclear weapons.
The agreement also imposes restrictions on the nuclear warheads of these deployed missiles and bombers, as well as their launchers. Both parties have reached the central limits of the agreement as of February 5, 2018, and the agreement has been extended until the end of February 4, 2026.
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