Putin says Russia prepared to drop START nuclear arms treaty with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin (third from right) welcomes chiefs of International News Agencies on the sidelines of an economic forum in Saint Petersburg on June 6, 2019. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (June 6) said Russia was prepared to drop a nuclear arms control agreement with the US, known as New START, if there was a lack of interest in renewing it.

"If no one feels like extending the agreement - New START - well, we won't do it then," Mr Putin said at an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, referring to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which caps the countries' number of nuclear warheads.

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