- Title: Putin says Russia ready to agree on new START arms control deal with U.S.
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (DECEMBER 19, 2019) (RUSSIAN POOL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN GIVING ANNUAL NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I've already said it, and I want to say it again, up until the end of the year, we're ready simply to extend, take and extend the existing START-III Agreement." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "(STARTS OVER SHOT OF JOURNALIST) To any of our suggestions (CONTINUES OVER AUDIENCE), there has been no answer. And if there is no START-III, there will be absolutely nothing in the world to hold back the arms race." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
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- Keywords: Putin Putin's annual news conference Russia Vladimir Putin arm treaty arms control deal with U.S.
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAN68NB
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- Story Text: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (December 19) that Russia is ready to agree on a new START arms treaty with the United States, but that there has been no response to Russian proposals.
New START arms control treaty will limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads that the world's two biggest nuclear powers can deploy.
Regarded by many experts as the only thing preventing an unfettered arms race between the two Cold War rivals, the treaty can be extended for another five years, beyond its expiry date in February 2021, by mutual agreement.
"And if there is no START-III, there will be absolutely nothing in the world to hold back the arms race," Putin said.
Putin made the comments during his annual news conference. About 1,900 journalists from Russia and abroad have been accredited to attend the event.
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