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Russia's decision to postpone New START Commission due to US actions in Ukraine — diplomat

According to Sergey Ryabkov, the situation around Ukraine is undoubtedly very complicated, problematic, largely due to the actions of the United States, which are adding fuel to the fire

MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. Russia has decided to postpone the meeting of the Russian-US consultative commission of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), as it could not ignore the ongoing US actions around Ukraine, which only escalate tensions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with RT on Wednesday.

"Russia decided to postpone the already scheduled meeting of the commission, which was to be held in Cairo. We did this because we could no longer ignore the actions the US is taking around Ukraine, they are only escalating tensions," he said.

According to Ryabkov, the situation around Ukraine is undoubtedly very complicated, problematic, largely due to the actions of the United States, which are adding fuel to the fire. "But when the US decides to resume a dialogue on strategic security, we will be ready," he said. The senior diplomat also expressed doubt that a meeting of the New START commission would take place before the end of the year.

On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that a meeting of the Russian-US consultative commission of the New START, previously scheduled for November 29 to December 6 in Cairo, was postponed to a later date.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov previously reported that the renewal of inspections under the New START would be discussed at the Russian-US consultative commission of the New START, but this would not be the main topic. Among other important issues to be discussed, he singled out the problem of the artificial withdrawal by the US of some of the strategic launchers that had allegedly been re-equipped for non-nuclear missions.

Russia and the United States signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 2010. In February 2021, Moscow and Washington extended it for the maximum term possible, that is for five years, until 2026.