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Sergey Zheleznyak: “Progress in the Russian-American negotiations on the fate of the START-3 Treaty gives little hope for a positive situation”

Progress, albeit small so far, in the Russian-American negotiations on the fate of the START III Treaty and on nuclear deterrence issues in general gives little hope for a positive development of this critical situation. Our country has always expressed its readiness to discuss various formats of interaction, even new conditions, but only after the extension of the Treaty in its current parameters. It is obvious that Russia remains on the position of the need to extend this Treaty on the existing conditions in the interests of stability and international security, ”said Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.

He noted: “The treaty between Russia and the United States, which is commonly referred to as START III, remains the only frontier that guarantees the balance of power in the field of nuclear weapons. The need for a bilateral extension of this agreement in Russia raises no doubts. Russian diplomacy is making every possible effort to find a common language with our American partners. We always act as a responsible party to the Treaty and understand the importance of maintaining nuclear parity. Global geopolitical transformations, the transition from a unipolar world to a multipolar one, are making their own adjustments to the system of international relations. There is a possibility that certain changes may be made to the START-3 Treaty as well. But they should not violate the core essence of the agreements and jeopardize the collective security system. Russia stands for peace, preservation of international stability and offers all countries an equal dialogue, without any pressure and blackmail. “

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