Medvedev responded to Biden’s words about the START treaty with the question “do we need it?”
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Medvedev questioned the need for a new arms treaty with the United States Earlier, Biden announced that the United States was ready to negotiate with Russia on a new arms control system that would replace the START-3 Treaty< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/0/66/756593835565660.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/0/66/756593835565660.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on US President Joe Biden's statement about his readiness to discuss a new arms control system with Moscow, pointed out that Russia is unlikely to need it now. The politician wrote about this in his Telegram channel.
“A little over a month ago, I wrote that strategic security issues are extremely important for the Americans, which cannot be resolved without us. And they will crawl with this topic. Here you go. They crawled,— Medvedev said.
August 1, Biden said that the White House is ready to negotiate with Russia on an arms control system that will replace the expiring in 2026 Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START -3).
The American president then pointed out that even at the height of the Cold War, the US and the USSR worked together to fulfill the common responsibility of ensuring strategic stability.
“All this, of course, is good. However, I will reiterate. Now the situation is much worse than the cold war. Much worse! And we are not to blame for it. And most importantly… Do we really need it? The world has become different, — added Medvedev, responding to Biden's proposal.
Russia and the United States concluded the START-3 treaty in 2010 for ten years, it entered into force in 2011. The agreement provided for the reduction of each of the parties deployed nuclear warheads to 1500, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles of submarines and strategic missile-carrying bombers— up to 700. The agreement expired on February 5, 2021, shortly before that, Moscow and Washington extended it for five years— until February 5, 2026.
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In early June, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Mallory Stewart said that Washington would like to maintain nuclear arms restrictions under START-3 after the treaty expires. According to her, the new agreement should take into account not only intercontinental ballistic missiles, but also projectiles with a shorter range.
Medvedev then said that the extension of the agreement would depend on the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the same time, he also noted that now “the most inappropriate” time for new negotiations. “There is no need to negotiate with them yet. This is bad for Russia. Let them run or crawl themselves and ask for it. And they appreciate it as a special favor. Otherwise, it looks like this: they give us— solid abominations, and we— here, please, the nuclear deal, & mdash; he wrote in Telegram.
The Kremlin then stated that it was impossible to avoid a dialogue on the extension of the treaty, and it was necessary to discuss the extension of START-3 “yesterday”. “And this discussion is important not only for the peoples of our two countries, but for the whole world, for global security,” — Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of Russia, said.
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politician , ex-president, deputy head of the Security Council of Russia
September 14, 1965