The Federation Council member Alexey Pushkov called the breaking of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty New START a new initiative of Washington.
The reason for such a sharp judgment was the statement of the US President Donald Trump about the intention to change the country’s nuclear arsenal. In particular, to increase the number of such weapons by 10 times.
«Decisively, but it’s pointless. This would be the breaking of the New START treaty and nothing would give the United States,» the senator wrote on his microblog.
The loud statement of the American president has become an «Apple of Discord» in the establishment of the United States. During his speech to world leaders, Trump announced his intention to increase the nuclear potential by 10 times, as well as military equipment. As reported by foreign media, Trump’s advisors and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were, to put it mildly, surprised at such words. The latter, as they write in the American media, quite publicly called the head of the Oval Office «an idiot.»
Let’s remind, Russia and the United States came to a common decision on measures to reduce the Strategic Arms in 2010. The treaty was certified by the signatures of the leaders of both countries — at that time Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama.
The document received legal effect almost a year later, in 2011.
The agreement is for 10 years, but with the possibility of prolongation for 5 years. It is planned to reduce the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550 units, ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers — up to 700 units.
This contract was replaced by the expired in December 2009, START I.