“Russia Continue to Implement New START Treaty Against All Odds”

US, Russia Continue to Implement New START Treaty Against All Odds: State Undersecretary.

MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) – The United States and Russia continue to implement the New START Treaty against all odds, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Rose Gottenmoeller said. “The United States and Russia are continuing to implement the treaty in a businesslike manner, despite all the tensions,” Gottenmoeller was quoted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as addressing students Friday.

The United States and Russia signed the New START Treaty in 2010 in a bid to bilaterally reduce nuclear arms by 2018. The treaty did not start being implemented until its entry into force in 2011. The treaty enables both the United States and Russia to check each other’s facilities 18 times a year, according to Gottenmoeller.

Despite their “businesslike” approach to the treaty, the two countries should continue making progress in other areas of nuclear security, Gottenmoeller noted. MIT also quoted Gottenmoeller as adding that “the Russians have been good partners” in removing chemical weapons from Syria.