O'Brien calls Putin's new nuclear treaty offer a 'non-starter'

Putin proposes Russia US extend New START arms control treaty for one year

Putin proposes Russia US extend New START arms control treaty for one year

In the closing days of his reelection bid, Trump has looked for ways to boost his foreign policy record, and although he says he favors nuclear arms control, he has called New START flawed and unfavorable to the U.S. Last year he withdrew the U.S. from a separate nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and he waited until this year to begin engaging the Russians on the future of the New START deal. The goal is not to leave our countries and the rest of the world, which are interested in keeping strategic stability, without a document as fundamental as the Start-3, he stressed. This last remaining nuclear arms control treaty in force between the two nuclear superpowers will expire on February 5, 2021.

"All those years, the New START has worked, playing its fundamental role of limiting and containing an arms race", he added.

The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

These were the details of the news Putin proposes Russia, US extend New START arms control treaty for one year for this day. Moscow has described that idea as unfeasible, pointing to Beijing's refusal to negotiate any deal that would reduce its much-smaller nuclear arsenal.

During a discussion with the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, O'Brien said, "We'll have to wait and see, and see how that plays out", regarding discussions with the Russians over extending New START.

"We are, in fact, willing to extend the New START treaty for some period of time, provided that they [Russia], in return, agree to a limitation - a freeze - on their nuclear arsenal", Billingslea said, calling Moscow a "serial treaty violator".

US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has stated that the White House views Putin's offer of a one-year extension of the New START Treaty without any preconditions as a "non-starter".

AgenciesLavrov's pessimistic view contrasted with statements from US diplomats, who said that Moscow and Washington were close to a deal. "I thought we had favorable movement on that front". He said Russian Federation is agreeable to including its newest nuclear weapons, some of which are now being deployed, in future arms talks with the United States.

The top U.S. negotiator, Marshall Billingslea, suggested in a tweet later Friday that talks between the two countries were over. He expressed hope that Moscow will change its mind and take the USA offer "before a costly arms race ensues".

Earlier this week the U.S. negotiator, Marshall Billingslea, said that he and his Russian counterpart had reached a "gentlemen's agreement" on an extension that includes a freeze on nuclear work.

After the last round of talks in Helsinki earlier this month, lead US negotiator Marshall Billingslea, Trump's special envoy for arms control, said the meeting had yielded important progress.

Days earlier, Mr. Lavrov said that while he does not see a future for the agreement with the US, talks will continue. He said that the situation remains critical as the treaty is going to expire. "We are at the 11th hour", Kimball said.

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