Russia declared it’s not ready to repeat its proposal to Washington to freeze nuclear warheads for a year, according to the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The official added that the US has missed the opportunity, RBC reports.
“This was a one-time proposal. We have already informed the US about that. They missed this opportunity,” Ryabkov stated.
It is reminded that the proposal was announced in October 2020, when Moscow and Washington were engaged in talks regarding the prolongation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which aimed at halving the number of strategic nuclear missile launchers and was set to expire in February 2021.
Back then, the Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s readiness to “extend the current agreement without any pre-conditions at least for one year”. In turn, the US authorities rejected it at that time. In January 2021, the two countries agreed to extend the accord for five years.
However, the offer was one time and now it’s not relevant anymore. According to Ryabkov, by making this proposal, Russia meant to show the previous US administration its serious intentions for a strategic dialogue.
“They did not want to freeze all warheads and sought to compulsively control our entire nuclear potential,” noted Ryabkov.