US President Joe Biden called on Russia to demonstrate a “good faith” approach in the dialogue on the transition to a new system of control over strategic offensive arms, which should replace the START III Treaty.
This is stated in statement head of the White House, released on Monday on the occasion of the international conference on nonproliferation, Ukrinform reports.
“Today, my administration is ready to move quickly into negotiations on a new arms control system that will replace START III when it expires in 2026. But negotiations require a conscientious partner who is ready to act responsibly,” the head of the American state said.
At the same time, he said, “Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression in Ukraine broke the peace in Europe and became an attack on the fundamental principles of the international order.”
In this context, Biden stressed that “Russia should demonstrate that it is ready to resume nuclear arms control efforts with the United States.”
The US President drew attention to the fact that China is also responsible for its participation in the negotiations as a nuclear state under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and a member of the group of five permanent members of the UN Security Council. According to the head of the White House, this will reduce the risks of miscalculations and help find answers to the destabilizing dynamics in the military sphere.
“There is no benefit to any of our nations or the world in resisting participation in the arms control process and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” the US President stressed.
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As reported, the current START III treaty was concluded in 2010 in Prague between the United States and Russia. It provides for measures to reduce strategic offensive weapons between the two countries until February 2026. The document, in particular, contains requirements to halve the number of launchers of strategic nuclear missiles, as well as the introduction of certain rules for mutual verification of the arms reduction process.