Russia offers US to renew the Contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start Treaty) for five years. On Monday, may 11, said Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

the Deputy Minister said that this is the period during which it will be possible to develop a new or improve an existing mechanism in the field of arms control.

Ryabkov Also added that the negotiations between Russia and USA on this issue are not interrupted.

may 9, Ryabkov expressed optimism about the dialogue with the US on arms control. According to him, the US is not focused on the continuation of the dialogue with Russia on arms control and strategic stability.

“unfortunately, colleagues in Washington continue to put certain conditions to continue productive dialogue and in General serves that would work in the field of arms control is more necessary to Russia than the United States,” he said.

Ryabkov Also called the high probability that the situation with the extension of the Treaty on strategic offensive arms, the U.S. may resort to the same shifting of responsibility that in the case of unilateral withdrawal from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).

may 9, the new US special envoy on arms control Marshall Billingsley said that the American side is not clear, why Russia is so “desperately seeks to extend the start-III.” The special representative also noted that he would like clarity on this issue to understand why the interests of Washington to meet Moscow. Billingsley believes that the Treaty has many shortcomings and it is more beneficial to Russia than the United States.