UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the extension of the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START) between Russia and the United States a step towards reducing the risk of nuclear catastrophe. He stated this in a video message shown at the ceremony in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, his words are quoted TASS…
“I am deeply concerned about the lack of progress towards the goal of a nuclear-free world. In recent years, the nuclear powers have modernized their weapons, unleashing a new arms race, ”added the secretary general.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, events commemorating the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima are held in a truncated format, with about 800 people, diplomats and officials from 80 countries taking part in them. Alexander Terskikh, Consul General in the city of Osaka, is participating on behalf of Russia.
On June 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with his American counterpart Joe Biden on the future fate of the START Treaty during the summit in Geneva. The Russian head of state noted that consultations on the fate of START-3 will begin soon at the interdepartmental level. On July 28, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that it was necessary to involve new participants in the arms control treaty with the United States. According to him, the involvement of Great Britain and France seems to be the highest priority.