Clearly, we cannot agree on a comprehensive replacement treaty for the rest of the time, Vladimir Leontyev, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministrys nuclear non proliferation and arms control agency, said at a seminar in Moscow
Leontyev said that even if the treaty is extended, Russia needs time to complete all necessary procedures.
With the failure of the China Missile Treaty, the new strategic arms reduction treaty became the last major arms control treaty between Russia and the United States. The treaty, signed in 2010 and expiring in February 2021, aims to limit the number of nuclear warheads held by both countries and could be extended for five years if agreed.
Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, told reporters in August that the new START treaty is outdated and flawed and may be replaced by a new one when it expires in 2021. According to him, when the treaty was signed, things such as cyberwarfare, hypersonic missiles and underwater nuclear platforms did not appear, so there might be reason to include non nuclear weapons in the new treaty.
Leontyev said Monday that the coverage of the new strategic arms reduction treaty only covers intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. Russia has not violated the treaty with a variety of new weapons.
He disclosed that the United States proposed to control new weapons together with Russia, which agreed, but determined that the two sides need to sign a new treaty to limit new weapons, such as Poseidon unmanned submersible, petrel cruise missile and dagger hypersonic missile. At the technical level, it is not possible to include them (new weapons) in the new START treaty.
Leontyev also said he is willing to launch a strategic dialogue with the United States on new weapons. (Zheng Haoning)