Russia still cannot fully understand the US position on the prolongation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the New START Treaty), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at an informal meeting of top diplomats of OSCE member states on Tuesday.
The US development of the missile shield after Washington quit the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty is among the breaches that are affecting common security, the Russian foreign minister stressed, TASS reports.
"Now the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is dying away. Moreover, in our estimates, Washington is seriously thinking about recalling its signature from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty," Russia’s top diplomat pointed out. "I hope that these are only rumors but they are quite persistent."
"No doubt, President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin and [US] President [Donald] Trump recently discussed the fate of the New START Treaty in Osaka," Lavrov said.
"So far, it is not yet clear for us how the United States plans to make up its mind: now it recognizes that the treaty is needed because otherwise we will lose all the problem regulation tools in the sphere of strategic stability, then it says that this treaty has to be prolonged only if China joins it," the Russian foreign minister said.