Kremlin unveils condition for revising its decision on START treaty -UPDATED

Kremlin unveils condition for revising its decision on START treaty -UPDATED
# 22 February 2023 13:44 (UTC +04:00)

It is important for Russia to do everything for its security and remain patient until opponents are ripe for a normal dialogue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, commenting on Moscow's decision to suspend its participation in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

"We see the first reaction, it is quite consolidated among the representatives of the collective West. This reaction does not give us reason to hope for any readiness for dialogue or negotiations. On the other hand, time passes, circumstances change, and here it is very important for Russia to do everything to ensure its own security, including in the issue of control and stability ... over weapons, and keep a patient approach while waiting for our opponents to mature for a normal dialogue," Peskov told reporters.

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The State Duma adopted a law on suspending Russia's participation in the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty (START), APA's Moscow correspondent reports.

The relevant bill presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the lower house of the parliament was considered, and the law was adopted.

Notably, yesterday Putin announced in his address to the Federal Assembly that Russia suspended its participation in the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty. He said that his country did not withdraw from this agreement but simply stopped its participation.

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