The United States agrees to extend the strategic offensive arms reduction treaty, but with a number of conditions. This was stated by the special envoy of the President of the United States on arms control, acting Under Secretary of State Marshall Billingsley.
“We leave all options available. We want to consider extending this agreement, but only with a number of conditions, ” said Billingsley.
According to him, the United States agrees with the position of the Russian Federation that the new treaty should be multilateral, but they want a number of aspects to be taken into account when drafting it. In particular, the US insists on “progress in key areas,” such as the “Chinese nuclear program.”