Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3), reports Interfax.
"Russia is ready to immediately, as soon as possible, by the end of this year, without any preconditions, extend the START Treaty so that there would be no further double or triple interpretation of our position. I say it officially," said Putin.
The Russian President noted that the partners have not yet responded to Russia's proposals to extend the START-3 Treaty.
The current START-3 Treaty expires on 5 February 2021. The contract may be extended for another five years, but the countries need to agree before the expiry of the current agreement.
The START-3 Treaty was signed in April 2010 by then-presidents of Russia and US Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement limits the number of deployed nuclear weapons carriers.