U.S. President Joe Biden made a decision to accept the offer of Russia on the extension of the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms known as New START as Politico reported citing Spokesperson of the White House Jen Psaki.
"The United States intends to seek a five-year extension of New START as the treaty permits. The president has long been clear that the New START Treaty is in the national security interests of the United States. This extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is as adversarial as it is at this time,” Psaki stated.
Moreover, she noted that Biden also offers both sides to ‘consider the talks on a new series of arms control measures’.
“New START is the only remaining treaty constraining Russian nuclear forces and is an anchor of strategic stability between our two countries,” Psaki added.
Earlier, Russia expressed the readiness to discuss an issue of medium-range and short-range missiles with the United States if Joe Biden's administration is interested in finding a consensus.
The document restricts the number of nuclear arms deployed by Washington and Moscow by 1,550.
During the election campaign, Biden promised to save the treaty – one of the last residues of diplomacy in the Cold War style, aiming for deterrence of the spread of the nuclear arms. The treaty provides the regular inspections of the arsenal of the other side and the U.S. considers it to be the insurance from the large-scale arms race.
For the first time, Russia offered to extend CHB-III without preliminary conditions at the beginning of 2020. However, Trump’s administration would like to hold talks on the conclusion of the new treaty that would cover more arms, including battlefield nuclear arms that were not mentioned in the new CHB-III.
These efforts did not succeed as Russia opposed such a decision. Moreover, the cadency of Trump was nearly over.
The presidents of Russia and the U.S. signed New START in 2010. The agreement came into force in 2011; it expires on February 5 if both sides do not agree to keep it in force.
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