At a press conference held on 19 December in Brussels after a NATO conference, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said that START II would never enter into force because of the US decision to withdraw from the ABM Treaty. According to Ivanov, the U.S. DECISION not only caused the “disappearance of the entire legal mechanism that governs the reduction of strategic offensive armaments,” but also undermined all existing non-proliferation and nuclear test agreements, and even the additional protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention. This protocol is an integral part of the treaty and enters into force on the date the treaty enters into force and will remain in force as long as it remains in force. In accordance with Article V, paragraph 2, point b), the parties may agree on additional measures necessary to improve the viability and effectiveness of the treaty. The parties agree that, where it is necessary to make changes to this protocol that do not infringe on the treaty`s material rights or obligations, they use the Bilateral Enforcement Commission to reach agreement on these amendments, without resorting to the amendment procedure under Article VII of the Treaty. In an internal report of the Russian Duma of 26 October, it was recommended that START II be amended to allow Russia to continue to use several IGS. The report also recommended that the ratification of the Russian launch II of the conclusion of a US-Russian agreement on regional missile defence measures be ratified. But the chairman of the Duma`s defence committee, Sergey Yushtkov, was quoted as saying that “the Duma is unlikely that the START II treaty will be ratified in the near future, judging by the atmosphere of the deputies.” 6. [If, within one year of the entry into force of this treaty, the contracting parties enter into agreement on an assistance programme to promote the application of the provisions of this article, the obligations set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 of this article and Article II of this treaty are fulfilled by each party no later than 31 December. , 2000.] Contracting parties may reach agreement on an assistance program to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of this article, including to expedite implementation.
In his State of the Union address on 28 January, US President George Bush proposed a further reduction of strategic weapons to an unspecified limit (4,700 warheads) on the condition that all MIRVED ICBMs be eliminated altogether. As part of such an agreement, it promised to reduce the number of warheads at Minuteman ICBMs by one third, reduce the number of warheads on SLBMs by one third from the original SLBM force I, and transform “a substantial portion” of “mainly conventional” heavy bombers. It also announced a unilateral decision to end the B-2 program for 20 heavy bombers instead of the 75 previously planned, cancel the small ICBM program, stop the production of new warheads for SLBMs and stop the purchase of other advanced cruise missiles.