Moscow has refused to discuss the reduction of nuclear weapons without agreement on missile defense
In Moscow, a meeting of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov with acting Senior U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, who came to Moscow to discuss the reduction of nuclear arsenals. The talks have stalled as Moscow is not ready to go on one-sided concessions.
Before the visit Gottemoeller became known that Washington wants to offer Russia reduce their nuclear arsenals in half. According to the General Staff in Moscow to offer Washington were skeptical. The initiative of the United States are considered "not responsive to today's realities," and the idea of unilateral disarmament — "political move." "Using this reason, they want us to soften stance on missile defense," — said the General Staff. "For us, defense — the cornerstone issue. Without the agreements in this area to further reduce the arsenals of Russia will not go "- confirm the Foreign Ministry.
Now Washington continues to look for a way to provide Moscow guarantees that the missile defense system is not directed against Russia.
Before talking about the further reduction of arsenals, Moscow considers it necessary to fulfill the requirements of the START treaty. "And if you want to say about the package deal, we would like to see both the strategic non-nuclear weapons, but Washington is not ready — note to the Foreign Ministry. — Remains the problem of the imbalance (in favor of the United States) in conventional weapons. In general, this is clearly not the issue shortly. "
In addition to reducing arsenals, the parties discussed the signing of a new agreement that would replace the Nunn — Lugar, on which in 1991 the United States provided funds to eliminate Russia's nuclear and chemical weapons. Expires in June, and Russia had previously agreed not to renew it, since no more need for subsidies. As for the new agreement, then, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Moscow "was satisfied with the content of consultations," but to the signing of the document is not yet ready to hand.
The fact that the U.S. government will continue to negotiate with Russia to reduce nuclear arsenals of the two countries, said on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama in his annual address to the nation. He said the U.S. would "make efforts on a global scale in the security of nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands."
It was also reported that the U.S. authorities intend to offer Russia agree to reduce nuclear warheads by half.
On the eve of Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that Russia's position on this issue is well known. "At this stage our priority is the full-scale implementation of the Russian-American START treaty. After the implementation of the Treaty would be willing to discuss possible next steps in nuclear disarmament, "- he said.