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New START keeps door to strategic stability dialogue open, Russian envoy says

Gennady Gatilov noted that Moscow "calls for developing measures to strengthen global peace and security based on collective effort, as well as for taking practical steps on the way to comprehensive and complete disarmament"

GENEVA, January 24. /TASS/. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) keeps options for the continuation of strategic stability dialogue open, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva Gennady Gatilov said at the annual session of the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday.

"It is crucial that New START, which was extended at Russia’s initiative in February 2021, remains in effect. This means that the parties to the treaty, who own the largest nuclear arsenals, have a shared understanding of the risks that stem from the situation of strategic instability and unpredictability," Gatilov pointed out. He stressed that "New START keeps the door to the continuation of strategic stability dialogue open, with a focus on the development of an agreement that will possibly replace it."

The Russian envoy noted that Moscow "calls for developing measures to strengthen global peace and security based on collective effort, as well as for taking practical steps on the way to comprehensive and complete disarmament." Russia believes that even in the current situation of international instability and amid global and regional tensions, "there still are real prospects for resolving pressing issues related to arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation."

New START

Russia and the United States inked the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in 2010. The document stipulates that seven years after its entry into force, each party should have no more than a total of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and strategic bombers, as well as no more than 1,550 warheads on them, and a total of 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and strategic bombers. Moscow and Washington extended the ten-year treaty for another five years in February 2021. The current US administration has repeatedly signaled that it believes New START to be a crucial document and favors its continuation.