NATO supports the extension of the START Treaty

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization welcomes progress in this direction, said Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supports the extension of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficial name – START 3) and welcomes progress in this direction. This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday at a press conference ahead of a videoconference of defence ministers of the alliance on 22-23 October.

“At stake now is the future of START, which expires next year. We welcome the progress made in recent days. We must not find ourselves in a situation where we do not have an agreement”, –  he said.

Stoltenberg expressed the hope that the Russian Federation and the United States would reach an agreement.

“I won’t go any further now, I’ll just say that I welcome the statements from Russia and the USA. I hope that these steps will lead to an agreement between Russia and the US”, –  he added.

The NATO Secretary General also noted that the extension of START 3 will give “additional time to work on China’s involvement in the strategic arms control regime.”

According to him, the North Atlantic Alliance is confident that it will retain its role regardless of the outcome of the US elections. “Of course it will. Regardless of the election results, it will do so because it is in the interest of both Europe and North America,” he said, answering a question from journalists.