İrem UZUN -TDO- The United States on Friday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to prolong the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) treaty for one year unconditionally, describing the notion as a "non-starter."

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday that Russia and the United States extend their New START arms control treaty that expires in February for at least a year without imposing any conditions.  The agreement, signed in 2010, limits the numbers of strategic nuclear warheads, missiles and bombers that Russia and the United States can deploy.

Putin, speaking at the meeting of Russia’s Security Council, said the treaty had worked effectively until now and it would be “extremely sad” if it were to stop working “In this regard, I propose... extending the current treaty without any conditions for at least a year so that meaningful negotiations can be conducted on all the parameters of the problems...” he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Washington had already proposed a one-year extension to give time to negotiate beyond the treaty's cessation date but with the understanding that the world's two biggest nuclear powers would halt warhead work in the interim period. "This would have been a win for both sides, and we believed the Russians were willing to accept this proposal when I met with my counterpart in Geneva," O'Brien said in a written statement.

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