Negotiations between the United States and Russia on START-3 are underway in Vienna

American experts note that Washington should include China in the agreement

In Vienna, three days of talks between the United States and Russia on nuclear arms control have begun. During the first round last month, the parties discussed the latest bilateral agreement in force, the START III treaty. It limits the number of deployed long-range nuclear warheads and the number of their carriers that each country can have..
After talks on June 22-23 in Vienna, US President’s Special Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley said at a press conference that he and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had made sufficient progress. The parties hope to replace the START treaty before its expiration in February with a new agreement.
Florida International University Expert Alexander Crowter notes that negotiations between Washington and Moscow are an important factor in international security. However, both the United States and Russia have different approaches to international agreements..

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“From the American point of view, we are a country of the rule of law. Therefore, we believe in creating multilateral organizations where we can all agree on something and work together on it. After World War II, the United States defended its position in an effort to keep everything under control. Russia is trying to limit us, which is good from their point of view. Because they just don’t have the money to compete with us. The new START treaty is of interest to Moscow. They will probably break it. But I think it’s a good idea to at least have a conceptual limit on the number of nuclear warheads in the world. And, frankly, this means that we must also involve China in the negotiations, ”says Alexander Crowter..
Mark Simakovski – Atlantic Council expert notes that the second round of negotiations indicates that the White House has not made a final decision on START-3.
“I think the administration has yet to decide if it wants to renew the existing agreement. It is also trying to test whether a trilateral treaty between Russia, China and the United States can be signed that would tie China to a nuclear arms reduction treaty. However, it is unlikely that this will happen in the current environment. There is bipartisan support in Congress for the extension of the new START treaty, “he said..
The talks began after a one-day dialogue on space security – for the first time since 2013. The United States has proposed rules for responsible conduct in space that will be modeled on existing rules of war based on the principles of proportionality and humanity..
“This is another case where we need Beijing to participate in negotiations on this topic. I think the creation of the US Space Command scared the Russians. They are worried that we could start an arms race in space, but they cannot afford to compete, “said Alexander Crouter..
Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Chris Ford said at a press conference on July 24 that the United States hopes the meeting will allow the parties to “explore ways to improve security and stability in outer space, and to advance the development of norms of responsible behavior.”.
He also said that Moscow and Beijing have already turned space into a “war zone”.
US and UK accuse Russia of testing anti-satellite weapons in space on July 15.

  • Alexander Yanevsky

    Journalist. Graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Worked on the channel «1 + 1» and «Channel 5». On «Voice of America» since 2014. Was one of two correspondents «Voices of America», covering the Russian presidential elections in 2018 from Moscow. He pays attention to the topic of US-Ukrainian and US-Russian relations. Actively covered the case of Paul Manafort and Maria Butina.

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