The Russian ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov stressed that the extension of the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3) would be one of the main topics of consultations between Moscow and Washington in Vienna.
Antonov said today, Saturday, that "the issue of the future of the" START-3 "treaty will be one of the central issues during the consultations in Vienna," noting that Russia seeks to understand what the American plans are in this regard.
He added: "We have the impression that the Americans have many observations on the substance of this treaty."
And on the possibility of Washington refusing to extend the treaty, he stressed that the Russian reaction will be "calm and thoughtful," adding: "I am convinced that the Russian military have long analyzed the consequences of this step, and that the national security of our country will not be exposed to any danger ... But the consequences The negativity will affect international security, of course. "
He stressed that Moscow will address during the consultations the issue of avoiding a new arms race, and said that "many questions" accumulated on the Russian side during the recent period about Washington's plans and steps to change the strategic security structure, which was built during recent decades, expressing his concern over the withdrawal of the United States from a treaty Missile defense, the medium and short-range missile treaty, and the possibility of withdrawing Washington's signature from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
He added that "the American military plans are clearly aimed at deterring Russia and China," stressing that Moscow wants to avoid a new arms race, noting the need to strengthen international security.
The Russian-American consultations on strategic security and arms control will be held in Vienna on June 22.
The two delegations will be led by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley.