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Putin: Russia Has New Weapons US Doesn’t Have, Ready to Discuss Them as Part of New START Talks

© AP Photo / Matt YorkA Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, tail number 58-0171, nicknamed "Lil Peach II" is seen chopped up per the New START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia, at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz
A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, tail number 58-0171, nicknamed Lil Peach II is seen chopped up per the New START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia, at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz - Sputnik International
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The treaty in question was signed in 2010 and aims to halve the number of strategic missile launchers possessed by Russia and the US and set up new inspection regimes for verifying the process. It is expected to expire in February 2021.

Russia possesses new weapons that the US does not have in its arsenal, but it is nevertheless willing to discuss the issue with Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday while addressing permanent members of the Russian Security Council.

The president also suggested extending the New START Treaty for one year without any preconditions and to discuss all arms control parameters during that year.

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Russia Ready to Include 2 Out of 5 New Weapons in New START Treaty, FM Lavrov Says

According to the Russian president, the final remaining arms treaty between the US and Russia has served its purpose without fail, noting that dismantling it without reaching an alternative deal would be deplorable.

Putin also asked Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to formulate Russia's position on the treaty, present it to the United States, and attempt to receive a clear response from them quickly. Lavrov promised that he would do so "as soon as possible".

The Russian Foreign Ministry previously stated that two out of five new types of weapons could be covered by the New START, without specifying what kind of arms would be included in the treaty.

The New START, signed in 2010, is the only currently valid Russian-US arms reduction deal. The treaty expires in 2021 and the United States remains undecided on whether to extend it or not, while Russia has repeatedly stressed that it is ready for dialogue.

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