In Moscow, the United States’ proposal for a nuclear treaty was called unacceptable.
Washington is ready to extend the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms with Moscow, provided that both countries temporarily freeze the size of their nuclear arsenals.
This was announced on Tuesday, October 13, by the US President’s Special Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley.
“We informed Russia that, in fact, we want to extend the new START Treaty for some time, but provided that they, in turn, agree to limit or freeze their nuclear arsenals, we are ready to do the same,” the State Department official said.
He stressed that the deal could be concluded tomorrow if the Russian authorities are ready “to show political will and do the same.”
At the same time, Russia refused the proposal of the American side.
“This is an unacceptable proposal,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.