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Statement by the Foreign Ministry concerning the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms

552-08-04-2020

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On April 8, 2010, the Russian Federation and the United States of America signed the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START Treaty). The Treaty was an important new step in developing Russia-US interaction to control nuclear weapons in the interests of strengthening international security and strategic stability. It reduced the strategic arsenals of the two countries to unprecedented levels and formed an effective mechanism of mutual transparency and predictability. Since the New START Treaty came into effect, the parties have conducted over 300 reciprocal inspections at each other's strategic facilities and have exchanged nearly 20,000 notifications. Matters related to the implementation of the Treaty are regularly reviewed by the Bilateral Consultative Commission established for this purpose.

The role and importance of the Treaty are growing significantly in today's difficult international conditions, as it remains virtually the only mechanism of arms control and limitation in relation to the strategic weapons of our two countries. We believe it is necessary to maintain this proven mechanism and to ensure that it remains viable. We are convinced that this would meet the interests of both Russia and the United States, as well as those of the entire international community, guarantee predictability in the nuclear weapons sphere, and help maintain strategic stability.

At the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in December 2019, an official offer was made to the American side to extend, without preconditions, the New START Treaty and to begin working through related practical issues. We look forward to a speedy response in the affirmative from the United States.

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