The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that Moscow would be ready to enforce a freeze on the number of its nuclear warheads if Washington did the same, in an attempt to have the New START treaty extended by a year.
“Russia offers to extend the New START by one year and is ready to take on a political commitment with the United States to freeze the number of nuclear warheads both sides have for this period,” the ministry said in a statement.
It said the warhead freeze and the one-year extension would be possible if Washington unconditionally accepted the offer.
The ministry also underlined that the extension would give the two sides time to discuss nuclear arms control in greater depth.
Earlier, the US had conditioned the long-term extension of the treaty — which would expire in February 2021 — on a freeze on the number of the nuclear warheads of the two countries. Russia rejected that offer.