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US Sends Contradictory Signals Related to Future of New START Treaty - Moscow

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GENEVA (Sputnik) - The United States is sending contradictory signals related to the prolongation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), as Washington has no clear position on many aspects of the document, Vladimir Yermakov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, told Sputnik.

"The signals are contradictory. The US administration has no position on many aspects of this treaty. Perhaps, for the first time in several decades, such a mighty missile-nuclear state, which is also a permanent UN Security Council member, has no position on extremely important international security and strategic stability issues," Yermakov said.

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He specified that the Russian-US New START treaty was integral to strategic stability, with no analogues present yet.

In this photo released by the Hellenic Air Force, two Greek F-16 fighter jets and a USAF F-15E Strike Eagles, based at Lakenheath airbase in England, fly past the 2,880-meter Rio-Antirrio Bridge in southern Greece, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The U.S. jets took part in Exercise Iniohos 2016, in southern Greece, together with military aircraft from Greece and Israel. - Sputnik International
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"This is why we expect that the expert potential that the United States has — and the United States has certainly had it, and this potential is still great — will show its worth. So we need to get down to the negotiations table, and tackle it thoughtfully, for the benefit of Russia, the United States, and the whole global community," Yermakov added.

The New START treaty entered into force in 2011. The agreement covers a 10-year period with the possibility of a five-year extension. The treaty is based on several previous joint non-proliferation arrangements and limits the number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, nuclear-armed bombers, and nuclear warheads. The talks on extending the agreement have been delayed over mutual concerns about compliance.

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