Russia says it’s already too late to replace new START treaty

epa07108049 (FILE) - Visitors look at Russian tactical ballistic missile OTR-21 Tochka-U (L), 122mm multiple rocket launcher BM-21 Grad (2_L), tactical ballistic missile 9K720 Iskander-M (C) and 300mm multiple rocket launcher BM-30 Smerch (R) during a military exhibition marking the Tank's Day on a tank range in Luga, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, 09 September 2017 (reissued 20 October 2018). According to media reports, the Trump administration has told US allies that it wants to withdraw from the landmark Reagan-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF.

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Russia said on Friday there was no longer enough time left for Moscow and Washington to negotiate a full-fledged replacement for the New START nuclear arms control treaty before it expires in February 2021.

The New START accord is the last major nuclear arms control treaty between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers and limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads they can deploy.

The fate of the accord has been in the spotlight since Washington in August pulled out of another landmark strategic arms accord, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), citing violations by Russia that Moscow denies.

 

Via Reuters

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