The US-proposed START deal – the conclusion of a framework document before the START expiration date – is good only for them, for Moscow there is nothing attractive in it, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday.
US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control Marshall Billingsley said earlier that Washington is proposing that Moscow, before the START expiration date in February 2021, agree at the presidential level on a framework document – a memorandum – in the field of arms, which, according to the US, should include clause on China’s participation in the development of a new long-term Treaty.
The American side stated that it is ready to conclude such a memorandum “tomorrow” and it will not require ratification. Billingsley said Russia should have agreed to the proposal before the US presidential election in November, otherwise “when Trump is re-elected, the” admission fee “will rise.
“This would certainly be a good deal for the US itself. From this point of view, Ambassador Billingsley is right,” Ryabkov said in an interview with Kommersant, commenting on the proposal.
“As for the Russian side, there are no grounds for any kind of deal, in the form suggested by our colleagues in Washington. All three points that are put forward by the United States as a precondition for them to decide in favor The START Treaty appears to us to be too far-reaching and lacking attractive elements. Realizing the complexity of moving forward, given how different our approaches are and how far they are from each other, we propose to extend the START Treaty as it was signed. We are not looking for any unilateral advantages for ourselves, but also for unilateral concessions we won’t go, “the diplomat said.
According to him, if the United States is ready to develop “something new on the basis of a balance of interests,” on the basis of parity, “without claims of unilateral steps towards them from Russia,” then the deal “will probably be possible.”
“But it will take time to develop it. We will be able to secure it if the START Treaty is extended,” Ryabkov added.