Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“The United States is systematically pursuing a line of breaking the agreements in the sphere of strategic stability. The latest statements by the American side about the alleged readiness to temporarily freeze nuclear arsenals are unacceptable and go beyond the “fair game”.
Unfortunately, Washington’s obsessive desire to involve Beijing in the negotiations may result in a final disruption of the entire process of prolonging the START Treaty (START-3). Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already stated that he sees no prospects for extending the agreement. And if this happens, then, in my opinion, will be destroyed almost the last cornerstone in the arms control system. And all the blame for this will fall entirely on the United States.”