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Putin Wants “Clear Answer” From US On Nuclear Arms Treaty, Offers 1-Year Extension

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

At the start of this week it was widely reported that President Trump is seeking a last minute pre-election nuclear deal with Russia given the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is set to expire by this upcoming February.

Russia and the US have held recent talks for its five-year extension in Vienna and Helsinki within past weeks, but there’s little substantial progress despite optimistic statements by the US delegation. Russia has consistently pushed for an unconditional five-year extension of the treaty, but it appears Putin is now ready for some level of compromise.

On Friday Putin informed the Russian Security Council of plans to push for an extension of at least one year without any preconditions.

Putin Wants "Clear Answer" From US On Nuclear Arms Treaty, Offers 1-Year Extension
A prior G-20 summit where the two leaders met, via AP

“I have a proposal to extend the existing treaty without preconditions for one year, at least,” he said according to TASS. “So that we could hold substantial talks on all parameters of the issues, regulated by treaties of this kind, so that we do not leave both our countries and all states of the world without such fundamental agreement as the New START,” he underscored.

However, with the clock winding down on the last major arms control agreement between Moscow and Washington, after prior late Cold War era treaties like the INF and Open Skies faltered, Washington has so far remained firm it its position that it will only consider a short-term extension if a new agreement brings all nuclear warheads including those possessed by China into the framework.

The Kremlin has previously called the US plan “absolutely unrealistic,” which brought talks to an impasse. But Putin is now pushing for “some kind of a clear answer” amid reports that Trump is eager to see a deal for the nuclear arms reduction treaty to continue.

“Please, define our position to the American partners and in the near future attempt to receive from them some kind of a clear answer,” Putin said. “It would be extremely tragic, if the treaty ceases to exist, without being replaced with another fundamental document of this kind,” he added.

Putin Wants "Clear Answer" From US On Nuclear Arms Treaty, Offers 1-Year Extension
August 2019 U.S. launch of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile off California coast, DoD via AP.

“For all these years, the New START worked, worked perfectly, performed its fundamental role of a limiter, curbing the arms race,” Putin underscored.

Of course, included in Russia’s calculation is the US election. The Russians are likely quite happy to stall and wait things out a mere few weeks to see if Biden comes out on top, given the Democratic nominee has clearly indicated he’s ready to agree to the unconditional 5-year extension of the landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty.

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Good wabbit seasons here we come (sukrzz)


Lel jyst try :D Waitiiiin


US emissary told they have high hopes for a deal – Russian emissary told that is BS.
After that Putin offered to extend the current treaty for a year – White House officials said they won’t accept it.
So apparently USA wants a new deal including conventional hypersonic missiles AND China (which has very few nuclear weapons). I would imagine USA wants to include the DF- ballistic missile family as well, which China most likely does not, since they are such powerful weapons against US bases in whole west Pacific area.

johnny rotten

Why make agreements with those who do not respect the agreements? maybe to buy more time? someone has already read the expiration date of the outlaw US empire?


Well said.

Fog of War

How will Russia buy time if the US doesn’t respect the agreements anyhow ?

Tommy Jensen

We have already made a very clear answer to the Russians.
Only if Russia get China to limit their nukes to 200 aaand Russia stop all development until US is on par.

If these two conditions are added to the Treaty we can discuss it and wait and see if the Congress, KKR, Blackstone, Fed, Bank of England, Israel and AIPAC can approve it.
If they can approve it, we can discuss further whether we will approve an extension in 3 mth, 6 mth, 12 mth or 5 year or not at all.
So Putin has already received a clear answer but refuse to admit it. Putin thinks he can kick America around like an aluminium can.


As it is, US surface fleet is pretty much obsolete/defenseless globally.

Ivan Freely

Hopefully the Chinese aren’t as retarded by falling into the US trap.

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