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Russia expects to resolve disagreements with US over New START

The Russian deputy foreign minister pointed out that Moscow "is interested in extending New START as much as the United States is interested in it"

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Moscow expects to resolve disagreements with Washington over New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, addressing the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) on Thursday.

"We expect that we will eventually succeed in resolving issues related to the Treaty’s implementation and agree with the US to extend it," he said, TASS reports.

The senior diplomat pointed out that Moscow "is interested in extending New START as much as the United States is interested in it." "If the US refuse to do it, it won’t be a tragedy for us. We have ensured the country’s defense capabilities for the medium term," Ryabkov pointed out.

New START, which came into force in 2011, limits Russia and the US to no more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, no more than 1,550 deployed warheads and 800 deployed and non-deployed launchers.

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