Moscow ready to maintain strategic stability with US: Lavrov
Moscow, Nov 3 Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington to maintain global stability, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
“More and more contradictions have accumulated between Russia and the US, two leading nuclear powers, regarding strategic stability,” he said at a press conference with visiting Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Thomas Greminger.
Lavrov said the channels for settling these contradictions had not been used for a long period which created an unacceptable situation from the perspective of global security, Xinhua news agency reported.
“We have repeatedly offered to unfreeze the channels, which are now frozen, and begin a dialogue on all aspects of strategic stability.”
According to Lavrov, the dialogue could include the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which the US plans to abandon, and the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which expires in 2021.
Russia is ready to consider the possibility of extending the New START for another five years after its expiration, Lavrov said.
Moscow is also ready to discuss with the US the consequences of Washington’s withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 only to begin deploying a global missile defence system.
“Problems associated with the deployment of US missile defence elements in Europe and now in Asia directly affect strategic stability, so they cannot be left out of any honest professional discussions,” Lavrov said.
Moscow says it wants to have a dialogue on preventing the placement of weapons in space since the situation could spiral out of control and “stability and security may be forgotten.”