Top US diplomat says Russia's decision on New START is "deeply unfortunate and irresponsible"

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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# 21 February 2023 18:54 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia's decision to suspend participation in the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty is "deeply unfortunate and irresponsible.", APA reports citing CNN.

The Biden administration remains ready to talk about the nuclear arms treaty "at any time with Russia, irrespective of anything else going on in the world," he said.

"We'll be watching carefully to see what Russia actually does," he added, saying the US will ensure that it is "posturing appropriately for the security of our own country and that of our allies."
"I think it matters that we continue to act responsibly in this area, it's also something the rest of the world expect of us," Blinken said.