UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged Russia and the US to start negotiations as soon as possible to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START, unofficial name START-3).
“The secretary-general welcomes the U.S. statement that it will seek to extend the START Treaty for five years, as well as Russia’s confirmation of its intention to extend it for five years,” UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric is quoted as saying.
Earlier, Jen Psaki of the White House said that the United States was ready to offer Russia a five-year extension of the START Treaty.
The Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms was signed by Russia and the US in 2010. The treaty provides for reductions of strategic offensive arms by both sides. START-3 was concluded for ten years.