Russia Says U.S. Shows No Readiness to Extend Key Nuclear Pact

Russia said it’s received no indications the U.S. is ready to roll over the landmark nuclear-reduction treaty New START, which limits their strategic arsenals, before it expires in February.

“We still have not received any signals from Washington that could indicate a willingness to extend New START after it expires,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday at an online round-table hosted by the Valdai discussion club. “We believe this agreement is necessary not only for the countries which signed it but as a safeguard of strategic stability.”