24 Oct 2018 10:41

U.S. yet to respond to Russia's proposal of extending New START - Ambassador Antonov

MOSCOW. Oct 24 (Interfax) - The United States has yet to respond to Russia's proposal that the New START Treaty, which reduces nuclear arsenals of both countries, be extended, according to Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.

"We are still waiting for a U.S. response. I very much hope that it won't take the U.S. partners long to give an answer to the Russian proposals," Antonov said in a program aired by the television channel Rossiya 24 (VGTRK).

Antonov said he hoped that the Moscow visit of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton "gave a better idea of the U.S. stance, while I am sure that the Russian stance was explained to the U.S. colleagues."

Russia and the United States signed the New START Treaty in 2010. The treaty, which took effect in 2011, envisaged the reduction of deployed strategic delivery vehicles to 700 and their nuclear warheads to 1,550 for each side. The treaty will expire in 2021.