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Russia: New START treaty to be extended only ‘without any changes or additions’ - Ryabkov03:35

Russia: New START treaty to be extended only ‘without any changes or additions’ - Ryabkov

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 27, 2021 at 17:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

The New START nuclear arms control treaty is extendable only “without any changes or additions," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said during a state Duma session in Moscow on Wednesday. Later in the session, the legislative body ratified a five-year extension of the US-Russian deal ahead of its February 5 expiration.

“The point of this agreement is to extend the treaty the way it was signed without any changes or additions in accordance with paragraph two of its Article 14 for a period of five years until February 5, 2026,” Ryabkov said.

The Russian diplomat stated that the agreement on the New START extension would come into force “the same date the parties exchange the final notes, confirming the implementation of the domestic procedures necessary for the entry into force of this agreement.”

Ryabkov also emphasised that the agreement “was developed on the basis of strike parity in accordance with the principle of equal and indivisible security.”

“It does not restrict our right for independent determination of the composition and structure of our strategic offensive arms, the right to modernise it or create new types of arms, which in recent years has been clearly and impressively demonstrated to the United States and the whole world,” Ryabkov added.

The Federation Council on Wednesday also unanimously ratified the agreement on the extension of the treaty between Russia and the United States. It now requires the signature of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US Congress isn't required to approve an extension of the treaty, which was discussed in a recent phone call between Putin and US President Joe Biden.

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The New START nuclear arms control treaty is extendable only “without any changes or additions," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said during a state Duma session in Moscow on Wednesday. Later in the session, the legislative body ratified a five-year extension of the US-Russian deal ahead of its February 5 expiration.

“The point of this agreement is to extend the treaty the way it was signed without any changes or additions in accordance with paragraph two of its Article 14 for a period of five years until February 5, 2026,” Ryabkov said.

The Russian diplomat stated that the agreement on the New START extension would come into force “the same date the parties exchange the final notes, confirming the implementation of the domestic procedures necessary for the entry into force of this agreement.”

Ryabkov also emphasised that the agreement “was developed on the basis of strike parity in accordance with the principle of equal and indivisible security.”

“It does not restrict our right for independent determination of the composition and structure of our strategic offensive arms, the right to modernise it or create new types of arms, which in recent years has been clearly and impressively demonstrated to the United States and the whole world,” Ryabkov added.

The Federation Council on Wednesday also unanimously ratified the agreement on the extension of the treaty between Russia and the United States. It now requires the signature of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US Congress isn't required to approve an extension of the treaty, which was discussed in a recent phone call between Putin and US President Joe Biden.