Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 5th anniversary of enacting the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) between the Russian Federation and the United States

February 5, 2016

Five years ago, on February 5, 2011, the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) between the Russian Federation and the United States entered into force. According to its provisions, total strategic offensive arms stockpiles shall not exceed the following ceilings by February 2018:
700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers (HBs);
1,550 warheads attributed to them;
800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM, SLBM launchers and HBs.
This is much lower than the maximum limits stipulated by the previous Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (6,000 warheads and 1,600 strategic delivery vehicles). Therefore, the number of Russian and US warheads and delivery vehicles will be at their lowest level since the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The treaty certainly serves as an important factor for strengthening international security and stability. It stipulates a sufficient transparency regime in bilateral military and strategic relations, and guarantees a predictable situation in this area. The treaty hinges on principles of equality and consideration for mutual interests. All of its provisions are based on strict mutual parity. We believe that precisely these approaches should serve as an alternative-free foundation for international arms control agreements.

On the whole, the treaty is being implemented successfully and routinely. The Bilateral Consultative Commission under the treaty reviews certain technical issues which inevitably arise during the implementation of these agreements in a constructive and business-like manner.

The implementation of the treaty’s provisions is an example of Russia unfailingly honouring its international obligations in the area of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control. We have always been guided by this principled approach, and we intend to adhere to this approach in the future.