Earlier, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov said that Moscow still has not received any signals from Washington about the intention to extend DINSSA and Russia are making efforts to continue dialogue on the extension of the Treaty on Measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (the start Treaty, the non – name- start-3), but Washington is not yet to announce details. This was stated on Thursday, during the video briefing by the Assistant Secretary of state for political-military Affairs Clark Cooper.
“Indeed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo are in contact. With both side’s efforts are being made to continue the dialogue, said Cooper, answering the question TASS that Moscow still has not received signals from Washington about the readiness to extend the document. – However, on this issue, I would not pre-announce what the issue is here. I would have forwarded the issue to my other colleagues that work specifically on this dossier.”
As noted on Thursday, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov during the presentation of the report of the international discussion club “Valdai”, Moscow still has not received any signals from Washington about the intention to extend the start Treaty. May 11, Ryabkov told TASS that Russia offers the United States to extend its start for five years, during which time it will be possible to develop a new mechanism.
The start Treaty was signed by Russia and the United States in 2010. It remains in effect for 10 years (until February 5, 2021), unless replaced before that date by a subsequent agreement. The document can be extended for not more than 5 years, i.e. until 2026, by mutual consent of the parties. Moscow urges Washington not to delay the decision on the renewal of the contract and characterizes it as the gold standard in the field of disarmament.