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Russia says US ‘forgotten’ nuclear control deal


Lavrov said the United States had not yet offered to discuss a new nuclear control agreement, saying Washington often “announces and forgets”.

“They gradually got into the habit of announcing everything through the microphone and then forgetting,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today, referring to the US-Russia negotiating effort on a new nuclear arms control agreement. “We have not received any request to restart the negotiation process.”

US President Joe Biden said on August 1 that he was ready to “accelerate negotiations on a new arms control framework” to replace the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) that expires in 2026. also called on China to engage in dialogue to “limit the risk of miscalculation and handle destabilizing military issues”.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is skeptical about the US intention to negotiate a new nuclear control agreement, while Chinese officials have not commented on the information.

Russian foreign minister sergei lavrov at a joint press conference with his egyptian counterpart sameh shoukry in cairo on july 24. Photo: reuters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on July 24. Image: Reuters.

New START is the final arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, allowing each country to deploy no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads. The two countries are also limited in the number of land- and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, bomb-carrying bombers and nuclear cruise missiles.

Russia and the US in early 2021 extended New START for another five years, just a few days before the agreement expires. Former US President Donald Trump did not want to extend New START because he thought the treaty did not fully list Russia’s nuclear weapons and wanted to include China in a larger arms control framework.

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