Comment by the Information and Press Department on the latest data regarding the aggregate numbers of US strategic offensive arms published by the US Department of State
We have taken note of the New START Treaty Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms as of February 5, 2018, which the US Department of State published on February 22, 2018. According to the US, this data allegedly indicates that the United States has reduced its strategic offensive arms to the level stipulated in Article II of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).
The Foreign Ministry statement of February 5, 2018 reads that the United States has reached the set limits not only by actually reducing the arms but also by excluding from the aggregate count 56 Trident II SLBM launchers and 41 В-52Н heavy bombers, which were converted in such a way that the Russian Federation cannot confirm that these strategic arms have been rendered incapable of employing SLBMs or nuclear armaments for heavy bombers as specified in Part Three Section I paragraph 3 of the Protocol to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as well as by arbitrary renaming silo training launches into “training silos,” a category not specified by the Treaty.
We hope to be able to continue working constructively with the US in order to find mutually acceptable solutions regarding the conversion of strategic offensive arms and their subsequent exclusion from the aggregate count. We believe that an appropriate solution must be found to this problem, which is of fundamental significance for the sides’ approaches to the implementation of the New START.