Russia stated on Tuesday it could be able to freeze its complete variety of nuclear warheads if the United States did the identical with a view to prolong their final main arms management treaty by a 12 months.
“Russia is proposing to extend New START by one year and is ready together with the United States to make a political commitment to ‘freeze’ the number of nuclear warheads held by the parties for this period”, Russia’s international ministry stated in an announcement on Tuesday.
The US State Department welcomed Russia’s provide: “The United States is prepared to meet immediately to finalize a verifiable agreement. We expect Russia to empower its diplomats to do the same”, it stated in an announcement.
The New Start treaty is the one remaining settlement constraining the US and Russian nuclear arsenals. It imposes limits on the variety of US and Russian long-range nuclear warheads and launchers. Russia has earlier provided to increase the treaty, which expires in February, however US president Donald Trump stated he’s holding out in hopes of negotiating a three-way settlement with Russia and China.
Moscow has described the aim of a three-way deal as unrealistic as China has been reluctant to debate any deal that would cut back its nuclear arsenal. China is estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons. It has numerous worldwide weapons agreements, however none limiting nuclear weapons.
According to a worldwide watchdog, Russia and the United States collectively possess about 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. The watchdog estimated that the US had 5,800 warheads, whereas Russia had about 6,375 at first of the 12 months.
Russia stated the warhead freeze and one-year extension can be attainable if the US didn’t make different calls for. It added that the extension would give the 2 sides time to debate nuclear arms management in higher depth.