U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman believes that Moscow and Washington will be able to agree on the extension of the DSN, there are more meetings to resolve this issue.
“I can’t imagine that we will get to this point,” Huntsman said when asked if he could imagine that Russia and the United States would not be able to extend the DSN in 2021.
“I think we will be able to come to a new treaty, a more comprehensive treaty, which will take into account the current realities,” the diplomat said in an interview with the RAIN TV channel.
According to him, after the U.S. withdrawal from the DRSMD, it is impossible to talk about the beginning of a new stage of the arms race.
“The facts indicate that nothing like this is happening. In the future, there will be more negotiations that will deal with the problems of international security, arms control, strategic stability, and it is in the conditions of the peace that exists today, not 10 years ago, not 30 years ago … We still have work to do,” Huntsman said.
He added that U.S. President Donald Trump “attaches great importance to the issue of arms control.”He spoke about it to President (Russia) Vladimir Putin. I was with Secretary of State (US Mike) Pompeo when he recently met with President Putin in Sochi. We have had a very useful discussion of the issues that concern the Russian side and those that concern us and outlined further measures for arms control. These discussions were just the beginning, much more needs to be done,” the U.S. Ambassador said.
On August 2, the DRSM was terminated. Earlier this year, Washington announced a unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, accusing Russia of its long-running violation. Moscow denies all the accusations. In early July, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law suspending the treaty. Russia has repeatedly stated that it fully complies with the terms of the DRSM. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that Moscow has very serious questions for Washington about the implementation of the treaty by the Americans themselves. According to him, the Accusations of the United States of violation of the DRM are unfounded. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3), signed in 2010, remains the only existing treaty between Russia and the United States on arms limitation. The agreement expires in February 2021, and the U.S. administration has not yet announced whether Washington intends to extend it. Earlier, the US President’s National Security Adviser John Bolton said that START 3 is unlikely to be extended because it has flaws. Russia, for its part, has repeatedly stated that it is ready to discuss it. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants to work out a new trilateral nuclear agreement between Russia, China, and the United States. In Beijing, however, this idea was rejected.