The channels are open between the US and Russia and this is just a brief glimpse into what I believe is an active bargaining happening behind curtains.
Russia and the US have managed to achieve “significant progress” in talks over resuming nuclear inspections within the New START treaty, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on Thursday, citing the Foreign Ministry. The sides are also apparently mulling face-to-face negotiations to remedy remaining issues. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, as quoted by the outlet, Moscow and Washington are looking into reviving mutual inspection of nuclear arsenals. The ministry noted that the US and Russia are negotiating “over relevant channels” on how to return “to the full implementation of the treaty” in the element relating to verification mechanisms. It went on to say that the sides are holding virtual talks within the New START bilateral consultative panel. “At the moment, the possibilities for holding its next session in face-to-face format are being explored,” the ministry added. Russia and the US are also discussing “what organizational and technical problems need to be solved,” it told the outlet, adding that “significant progress” has been made to remedy a number of issues, but some “considerable difficulties remain.”
US interest is understandable--it is to somehow gain a glimpse into the new Russian technologies and START inspections are one of such channels. US is keenly interested in RS-28 Sarmat and, naturally, to get near Avangard. And this is just the part of it. As Larry correctly stated during our meeting at PolitWera a couple of weeks ago, the US increasingly finds itself trailing across the board in deterrent and, in a view of Russia deploying a new generation of fully strategic ABM capable systems such as S-500 and A-235, there is a chance, however remote now, that the lag will become so huge that the US deterrent will begin to lose its credibility, and the only option for the US will be a preemptive nuclear strike on Russia. It is not as fantastic as one may think and that is why such consultations are important.
Meanwhile VSU wins the war so magnificently that its C'n'C decided that NATO must strike Russia with nuclear weapons. Moscow reacted immediately:
МОСКВА, 6 окт — РИА Новости. Заявление Владимира Зеленского о превентивном ударе по России по сути означает призыв к началу мировой войны, заявил пресс-секретарь президента Дмитрий Песков. По его словам, в случае конфликта последствия будут чудовищны и непредсказуемы. Пресс-секретарь президента отметил, что на высказывания президента Украины должны обратить внимание все страны, особенно США, Великобритания и члены Евросоюза. Он подчеркнул, что эти слова нельзя оставлять без реакции мирового сообщества. Кроме того, учитывая тот факт, что Вашингтон и Лондон фактически руководят деятельностью Киева, они несут ответственность за слова Зеленского, подчеркнул Песков.