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US Rejects Russia’s Proposal for One-Year Extension of the Nuclear Pact

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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Prospects for extending the latest agreement that limits the deployment of strategic nuclear weapons by the US and Russia are grim. Caused Washington to reject Russia’s proposal on Friday (16/10) for an extension of one year without conditions.

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The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Agreement) Agreement, signed in 2010 and due to expire in February 2021. Limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads that Russia and the United States can use and the missiles and bombers that carry them.

Failure to extend the pact will remove all obstacles and spark a post-Cold War arms race and tensions between the world’s two largest nuclear arms powers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in a meeting via video link with the Russian Security Council broadcast on state television, said the agreement had worked effectively until now and it would be “very sad” if it stopped working.

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“In this regard, I propose… to extend the current agreement unconditionally for at least one year so that meaningful negotiations can be carried out on all parameters of the matter…,” he said.

Hours later, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, rejected Putin’s proposal.

O’Brien reiterated that the United States had proposed an extension of the agreement for one year, under which the deployment of all nuclear weapons – strategic and tactical – would be frozen.

“President Putin’s response today to extend New START without freezing all nuclear warheads is not the beginning,” O’Brien said in a statement. “We hope Russia will re-evaluate its position before an expensive arms race takes place.”

The deal can be extended for up to five years after it expires on February 5 with the approval of the Russian and US presidents.

Russia and the United States, which have called for China. To be included in the new multilateral arms control agreement that will replace New START. It has been at odds over an extension of the pact despite several months of talks.

On Wednesday, Moscow denied US claims that the two sides had reached an agreement in principle. (int1)

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