Special envoy of the US President Marshall Billingslea said that “the US has made Russia an excellent offer to extend the new treaty.”
Earlier, Billingslea reported that the US is in favor of the next Start Treaty covering all warheads.
“You know, Russia itself must decide whether it wants to extend the validity of the new treaty. We made her a good offer. We don’t think this offer is unfair. We believe that it is based on the principle of reciprocity and will lead to greater transparency. And we think that this is very valuable in the current situation when the United States and Russia do not trust each other in anything,” Billingslea said.
He noted that if Russia does not accept the offer, and Trump goes for a second term, negotiations may become difficult.
“I assume that if Russia does not accept it, then after Trump is re-elected, the “entrance fee,” as we say in the United States, will increase,” the special envoy said.
He said that the United States offered a shorter period for the Treaty than Russia, which favors extending it for five years.
“We can’t take our foot off the pedal, as they say, we need to work closely on drawing up the next agreement. So for now, we are thinking about a shorter period,” Billingslea said.
According to him, the United States can adjust its position depending on how flexible Russia can negotiate.
“As I have already said, we will adjust our negotiating position depending on Russia’s reaction, if there is a reaction,” he stressed.
Billingslea is convinced that the US has outlined a “very simple plan” that “benefits both countries.”
“We also believe that it reflects the discussions that our presidents had. And now, as I have made very clear – and we do believe the so-the ball is on the Russian side of the field,” the special envoy said.