British Foreign Ministry supports efforts to extend START III

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed “without any conditions” to extend the START Treaty “at least for a year”.

According to TASS, a statement released on Saturday by the UK Foreign Office said the British authorities support efforts to extend the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START III).

“START has made a significant contribution to international security by reducing strategic nuclear arsenals and increasing transparency and mutual trust between Russia and the United States. We support efforts to extend START-3, at the same time, we also believe that any agreement that replaces START must take into account the development of technology and weapons”, – the British Foreign Office said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 16 proposed “without any conditions” to extend the validity of the START Treaty “at least for a year”. The head of state instructed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to try to get at least some intelligible answer from the United States in the near future.