A revision of the Strategic Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which involves taking into account all promising Russian weapons, is not possible, since some of the samples of the latter are not yet on combat duty, Dmitry Novikov, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, told RT.
“Russia has a number of developments, but, as a rule, a rather long period of time passes from developing a new type of weapon to putting it on combat duty. And in this case, we are dealing with just such a situation, ”said the deputy.
Thus, the first deputy chairman of the committee commented on the statement of the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, about the need to include in the START "all the new weapons that Russia seeks to get."
In May, US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson reported that Russian Avangard missile systems with hypersonic maneuvering gliding units and the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) are subject to START, while hypersonic “Dagger” missile system, low-visibility low-flying global-range Burevestnik cruise missile with an ultra-powerful small-sized nuclear power plant (NPP) and a nuclear submarine unmanned aerial vehicle The Poseidon’s naval apparatus, within the framework of the same agreement, meets the American criteria for a “new type of strategic offensive arms”.
The listed weapons along with the Peresvet combat laser system were presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2018.
The Russian-American START Treaty, which entered into force in February 2011, expires in February 2021. The agreement provides for bilateral limitation of the number of nuclear warheads and strategic carriers.
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