The US Congress has made unacceptable conditions for Russia to extend the agreement on measures to further reduce and limit strategic weapon attacks (START-3), said Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov. This opinion was expressed in an interview for RIA Novosti.
This week, Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Congressman Liz Cheney presented a bill restricting the extension of START-3 by stopping their funding. The bill stipulates that the agreement will be extended if Russia reduces the stock of tactical nuclear weapons and includes its new systems under the new START Contract.
Antonov stressed that tactical nuclear weapons have nothing to do with SNA-3 problems. According to him, the US side creates additional barriers to extending the contract.
"The feeling is that they make such a connection so they are unacceptable for the Russian side, so we immediately dismiss them. That is a concern," the diplomat said.
The START-3 contract foresees a reduction of nuclear warheads to 1,550 units, intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles and heavy bomber – up to 700 units. Ends 2021.