“Now there will be mutual discussions, followed by a US response. I don’t think it will be very fast, they will have to study everything carefully and understand what they want to do next,” the deputy director of the department for non-proliferation and arms control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Igor Vishnevetski, told Sputnik.
In this regard, the diplomat confirmed that the stoppage of searches within the agreement is applied for the first time, a possibility used by Moscow given the impossibility of Russian officials to access countries where there is a system to inspect.
Vishnevetski added that there is currently an unequal and disadvantageous situation for the Eurasian nation, since inspectors cannot fly through Europe, nor are they allowed to obtain transit visas, nor do they allow Russian-registered planes to pass through the airspace of the so-called Old Continent.
Before which, he emphasized that Moscow has not imposed any of those restrictions against American specialists.
The diplomat also added that, according to Start III, the Eurasian nation had only 32 hours to respond to Washington’s request for inspections.
Last Monday, Russia officially notified the United States that it is temporarily withdrawing its facilities from inspections carried out under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
At the time, the Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the decision is due to Washington’s actions, which, in its opinion, seek to restart inspections under conditions that “do not take into account current realities, grant unilateral advantages to them and, in fact, deny Moscow the right to conduct inspections on US territory.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Riabkov confirmed the day before that the “trigger” was the notification received from the White House of his intention to carry out an inspection of Russian facilities in the coming days, a measure considered “a clear provocation” by Moscow.
The nuclear disarmament pact limits the arsenals of the two countries to a maximum of 700 deployed missiles, 1,550 nuclear warheads and 800 vectors, deployed and in reserve.
Signed in 2010, the agreement entered into force in 2011 for a period of 10 years, extendable for another five.