U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Bonnie Jenkins said the United States is ready to engage in dialogue with Russia on the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START). According to her, Washington is waiting for a signal from Moscow that it is ready to return to negotiations.
Russia and the United States signed START-3 on April 8, 2010. It expires in 2026. Before that, the countries had the 1991 START Treaty and the 2002 Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Potentials.
“We hope that Russia and I will be able to separate the discussion of this topic from the Ukrainian conflict. The United States is extremely interested in resuming contacts with Russia in order to return to the negotiating table on strategic stability and resume inspections,” Bonnie Jenkins said at a briefing (quoted by RIA Novosti).
On February 6, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov said that the Russian side cannot consider issues on START “outside the context of a more hostile American course” in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the same time, he stressed that Russia is committed to the terms of the agreement.
Before that, on January 31, The Wall Street Journal wrote about the report of the US State Department, which spoke of two episodes of violations of the START by Russia: blocking inspections of nuclear facilities and refusing to meet to discuss obstacles that arose during the implementation of the agreement. It was about the meeting of the bilateral consultative commission on START, which was scheduled from November 29 to December 6, 2022 in Cairo. At the last moment, Russia refused to participate in the negotiations, explaining this by the hostility of the United States.
Read more about the START consultations in Kommersant’s material “In the most direct figurative sense.”