Photo: in December last year, Russia launched a land-based intercontinental missile in Plesetsk. /Associated Press
Ta Kung Pao news: the new START treaty between the United States and Russia will expire on February 5, AFP reported. The White House said U.S. President Biden is seeking to extend the Treaty for five years, which is one of Biden’s first major foreign policy decisions.
White House spokesman pusaki said that the new START treaty is in line with the national security interests of the United States. At present, when the United States and Russia are in confrontational relations, the significance of extending the treaty is more prominent. Pusaki also said that the new START treaty is “the only treaty to limit Russia’s nuclear power” and is the pillar of strategic stability between the two countries.
Biden’s government is willing to continue the new START treaty. Kremlin spokesman Peskov responded that we can’t welcome the political will to extend the document. &”However, Peskov also said that whether any decision to extend the treaty will be made depends on the details of Washington’s proposal;. He said Moscow needs more time to study the US proposal.
The new START treaty, which is about to expire, was signed by the United States and Russia in 2010. It aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads deployed by the United States and Russia to no more than 1550. It also limits the deployment of land-based and submarine launched missiles and bombers by the two countries. After the trump Administration formally withdrew from the China Missile Treaty between the United States and Russia in 2019, the new strategic arms reduction treaty has become the only arms control treaty between the two countries.
However, pusaki also revealed that the Biden administration has ordered the US intelligence community to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the cyber invasion of the US information technology company solarwinds, Russia’s intervention in the 2020 US presidential election, Russia’s use of chemical weapons against opposition leader narwani, and Russia’s alleged offer of rewards to Afghan armed elements and its demand for the killing of US troops in Afghanistan. Even if the United States is willing to cooperate with Russia, she said, Russia should be held responsible for its hostile actions. ”