The Russian President’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov said, the Kremlin positively evaluated the idea of US President Donald Trump about the need to destroy nuclear weapons. However, Mr. Peskov also stated: “The idea is great, but it is unclear what specific details as well as the nature of this initiative“.
Earlier, on the same day, Russia’s Interfax news agency cited sources of good news from the US, and the White House is aggressively conducting inter-ministerial negotiations, so that it can submit to President Trump a new draft treaty. cut nuclear weapons, with the participation of both Russia and China.
A senior White House official said: “The president has instructed that arms control must involve Russian and Chinese, and must include all kinds of weapons, warheads, and missiles.” . This treaty will replace the START-3 treaty that is about to expire in 2021.
Meanwhile, on April 26, discussing this issue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov pointed out the complexity of the nuclear disarmament process. He said that nuclear disarmament has not yet looked directly into reality to be able to solve the problem thoroughly.
Earlier, on April 23, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Aleksander Fomin announced that Russia was ready to discuss with the US to extend the START-3 treaty, which was signed by Russia and the US in 2010 in Prague (Czech) and began to have effective from 2011. This agreement provides for the reduction of both parties’ nuclear arsenal to the beginning of 2018, the total number of weapons cannot exceed 700 intercontinental ballistic missiles and bullets directs on submarines and heavy bombers, as well as 1,550 nuclear warheads and 800 launchers. The period of validity of the START-3 agreement lasts 10 years (until 2021) and by that time the two parties may agree to extend the treaty for another five years.
Worldwide, there are nine countries that own nuclear weapons including Russia, the US, France, China, Britain, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. Among them, the number of nuclear weapons that the US and Russia hold accounts for 95% of the total number of nuclear weapons worldwide.