Russia is confident in its defense if US leaves Start-3 Treaty

Moscow,(Plenglish) Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia will guarantee its security, even if the United States rules out a possible renovation of the Start-3 Treaty on nuclear weapons.

‘We are absolutely certain that we will guarantee our security, even without the treaty,’ the Russian foreign minister said in a videoconference on the treaty, which will expire in February 2021.

The Start-3 Treaty is the only agreement that links the United States and Russia since August 2, 2019, when Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed in 2010.

In late June, Russia and the United States met in Vienna to discuss the possibilities of extending the Start-3 Treaty, signed ten years ago, for at least five years, in order to limit the two powers’ arsenals.

According to Sputnik news agency, Lavrov underlined that Russia is prepared for any scenario due to the possible US withdrawal from the treaty.

However, he repeated that his country ‘will continue to bet on dialogue with the United States on the strategic problem and the new instruments to control weapons in the context of the factors that impact strategic stability’.

The head of Russian diplomacy called people’s attention on the importance of extending the agreement, which it would be necessary for both Moscow and Washington.

Lavrov pointed out that the risk in nuclear matters have increased significantly in recent times. ‘The situation in matters of international security and strategic stability is deteriorating,’ he pointed out.

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