Moscow Proposes Incorporating Hypersonic Weapons Into Future Arms Reduction Deals
Sumaira FH 5 days ago Fri 19th February 2021 | 11:30 PM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th February, 2021) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow proposed to incorporate hypersonic missiles into the START arms reduction treaty, which he said must include all nuclear powers besides Russia and the United States.
"We need to incorporate them [hypersonic ballistic missiles] into START over the next five years. Right now, some things do not fall under [the treaty]," Lavrov said in an interview with Russian business news broadcaster RBC.
The top diplomat went on to say that Moscow believes that the major nuclear powers - including the UK, France and China - must be party to the treaty, although each side appears to have its reservations.
The minister went on to say that China would have to come to the negotiation table of its own accord.
"We will never try to persuade China. We respect the position of Beijing, which either wants to catch up with us, or offers us first reduce [stockpiles] to its level, and then talk. But under all circumstances, if this is a multilateral process, then there is no way without the UK and France. The Trump administration insisted on the participation of China," Lavrov said.
He went on to say that any future multilateral nuclear arms reductions agreements must not nullify current treaties between the US and Russia, since the two have several orders of magnitude more weapons than the rest.