Lavrov criticizes U.S. demands on DSNV

By | August 23, 2020
Lavrov criticizes U.S. demands on DSNV

The U.S. is putting forward unrealistic conditions for the preservation of the DSNV, in particular, the U.S. side insists that China join them, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Another round of consultations between Russia and the United States on strategic stability and arms control took place in Vienna on August 17-18. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was represented at the talks, and the United States’ special representative for arms control, Marshall Billingsley, noted that the United States is engaged in grueling negotiations. The Russian Foreign Minister specified that the Russian side offered to extend the action of the DSNV for five years, as stipulated by the document, without any preconditions.
“The Americans in the talks, which were conducted by my deputy Sergei Ryabkov last week in Vienna with the U.S. Special Representative Mr. (Marshall – Ed.) Billingsley, insist on conditions that, frankly, are simply unrealistic, including the requirement that China should join this document or some future document,” Lavrov said at the “Territory of Meanings” forum.
At the same time, Lavrov stressed that Russia does not intend to meet the requirements of the United States, including on the issue of China’s participation.
“”I don’t know what the final result will be (the negotiations on the DSNV – Ed.), but we honestly told the Americans that the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty, which expires in February, we would need it, we would be in favor of extending it without preconditions, but we need it no more than the Americans need it,” Lavrov said.
According to him, if the Americans will make demands for China’s participation, and, provided that Russia should persuade it, Moscow will not do so.
“We respect the Chinese position, so let this treaty expire,” Lavrov said.
The DSNV between Russia and the United States came into force on February 5, 2011. It envisages that the signatories reduce their nuclear arsenals so that in seven years and beyond the total quantities of weapons do not exceed 700 intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers, as well as 1,550 warheads and 800 deployed and undiscovered launchers.
The agreement obliges Moscow and Washington to exchange data on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year. February 5, 2018, came to the deadline by which Russia and the United States had to reach the START-3 benchmark. So far, the U.S. side has not voiced an official desire to extend the treaty. At the same time, there were discussions to include China.

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