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HISTORIC US-Russia START arms control treaty hangs in the balance

Via RT (https://www.rt.com/news/501234-start-treaty-modernize-nuclear-weapons/)…

The US has made Russia an offer it hopes she won’t refuse: accept a new arms control deal including no limits on NATO weapons in Europe, or deal with a modernized American nuclear arsenal on its doorstep.

Following the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty last year, the 2011 New START treaty remains the only arms control deal in force between Moscow and Washington. However, it’s due to expire in February, and negotiations to replace it remain deadlocked.

Now the US says it wants to extend New START by less than five years, and only by a memorandum of intent, rather than a binding treaty, according to Marshall Billingslea, US special presidential envoy for arms control, who spoke with the Russian daily Kommersant on Sunday.

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Tony Booth
Tony Booth
September 25, 2020

it’s not only Albion that is perfidious.

Luka-The-K9
Reply to  Tony Booth
September 26, 2020
Olivia Kroth
September 26, 2020

Let them hang! Let the US traitors hang themselves!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
September 26, 2020

And let them not hang the rest of us in the process! I’d like to see “the rest of the world” sanction and completely isolate that damnable trouble-making nation until it stops behaving like an out-of-control adolescent. Oscar Wilde said something like “the US is the only nation that went from barbarism to decadence without civilisation in between”, and it shows this to be true on a daily basis.

Diana
Diana
September 26, 2020

I imagine that Russia is intelligent enough to know that the US talks with forked tongue. Whenever has the latter honoured agreements made with other countries? Whenever have they not wriggled out of treaties which have been signed after protracted negotiations?

Anyway the most modern US weapons are vastly inferior to those developed by Russia.

Luka-The-K9
Reply to  Diana
September 26, 2020

The RF is not looking for trouble, unlike the European Union and NATO psychopaths.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64086

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Diana
September 26, 2020

Yes, and the US is stupid enough to believe that Russia isn’t intelligent enough to know about its massive forked tongue. They will not forget this:
https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb538-Cold-War-Nuclear-Target-List-Declassified-First-Ever/
U.S. Cold War Nuclear Target Lists Declassified for First Time
According to 1956 Plan, H-Bombs were to be Used Against Priority “Air Power” Targets in the Soviet Union, China, and Eastern EuropeMajor Cities in Soviet Bloc, Including East Berlin, Were High Priorities in “Systematic Destruction” for Atomic Bombings
The big fork in the tongue is that the US will want everyone else to reduce arms while not doing so itself.

Untrustworthy is as Untrustworthy does
Untrustworthy is as Untrustworthy does
September 26, 2020

And what is the point to such treaties anyway? The US has fully demonstrated its inability to stick to any treaty it signs, no matter the POTUS.

Guess who
Guess who
Reply to  Untrustworthy is as Untrustworthy does
September 26, 2020

We reserve the right to re-enter a treaty that we’ve mothballed at any time that suits us and pretend we never left it.

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