The NATO countries intend to strengthen arms control, welcome the agreement reached by Russia and the United States on the extension of START-3 and look forward to continuing the dialogue between the two countries on arms control measures in the future, according to a statement following the summit in Brussels.
“We will continue to strengthen arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation as a key element of Euro-Atlantic security, taking into account the current security situation. We welcome and fully support the agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation on the extension of the new START Treaty for five years,” the document says.
It notes that the NATO member states believe that the New START Treaty contributes to international stability, and the NATO countries reiterate their strong support for its continued implementation and for an early and active dialogue on ways to improve strategic stability.
“NATO countries will welcome new strategic negotiations between the United States and Russia on future arms control measures, taking into account the security of all NATO member states. The Allies will support further arms control negotiations to improve the security of the North Atlantic Alliance, taking into account the current international security situation,” the statement said.