Nuclear Disarmament Treaty Extended Uncertain U.S. Aims for Early Agreement, but Russia Negative October 15 at 6:13 AM
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo has indicated his willing to reach an early agreement on extending the nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia, which is due to expire in February next year. On the other hand, the Russian side has shown a negative attitude, and the outcome of the negotiations remains uncertain.
The United States and Russia are continuing negotiations over the extension of the new START nuclear disarmament treaty, which is due to expire in February next year, but while the U.S. side is seeking a new framework that includes tactical nuclear weapons that are not covered by the current treaty, the Russians have shown difficulty and are in trouble.
Secretary of State Pompeo said at a news conference Wednesday that he “welcomes the opportunity for mutual understanding-based agreements achieved in recent weeks,” suggesting progress in negotiations in recent weeks and aiming for an early agreement.
Prior to this, Mr. Billingsley, the Trump administration’s special envoy in charge of negotiations, said in a speech today that he had proposed to Russia a freeze on its nuclear build-up and an extension of the interim treaty.
The Trump administration is looking to show a path to an agreement in the run-up to the presidential election, while Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on the other hand has shown a negative stance that “no prospects can be found” on the agreement for the extension, and the outcome of the negotiations remains uncertain.