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Russia, US Should Uphold Existing Nuke-Cutting Treaty - Deputy Defense Minister

Sputnik News

14:33 28.02.2017(updated 14:34 28.02.2017)

Moscow will discuss proposals on revising the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty if Washington sends any, Russia's deputy defense minister said.

BISHKEK (Kyrgyzstan), (Sputnik) – Russia and the United States should work under an existing nuclear arms reduction treaty, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin said Tuesday, characterizing the deal as valid.

"I believe that we need to work under the existing treaty. All other insinuations are speculations, so to speak. The treaty has nothing to do with this," Fomin told reporters.

He noted that Moscow has not received any proposals from Washington on revising the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

"If such an idea arises with our partners, we will discuss. So far we see no such need," the deputy defense minister stressed.

Under the New START, signed in 2010, Russia and the United States agreed to cut the number of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550 and the number of deployed missiles and bombers to 700. The treaty is expected to expire in 2021 and may be extended for no more than five years.

US President Donald Trump called the treaty "one-sided," as well as a "bad deal".


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