US, Russia should resume implementation of new START treaty: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS, February 22: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the United States and Russia to resume full implementation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

When asked about Guterres’s reaction to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that his country will suspend its participation in the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary’s position The general is that the United States and Russia should resume full implementation. of the treaty without delay.

“New START and successive bilateral strategic nuclear arms reduction treaties between the two countries have provided security not only for Russia and the United States but (also) for the entire international community,” Dujarric said.

A world without nuclear weapons control is much more dangerous and unstable with potentially catastrophic consequences. Everything possible must be done to avoid this outcome, including through an immediate return to dialogue, he told a daily press briefing.

Asked if Guterres has plans to speak to Putin on the issue of New START or the conflict in Ukraine, Dujarric said he had nothing to share with reporters at this time.

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