Source Title: Russia will start negotiations with the United States on the extension of the new START treaty
Moscow, January 27 (Xinhua) Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a presidential decree on January 27 instructing the Russian Foreign Ministry to start negotiations with the United States on the extension of the new START treaty.
According to the Russian President’s website, the Russian President’s order states that the Russian Foreign Ministry will be appointed to hold talks with the US side to ensure that the two sides sign an extension agreement after reaching an agreement.
On the 26th, Putin and US President Biden spoke on the phone for the first time. The Russian President’s website issued an announcement on the same day, saying that the presidents of the two countries expressed satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes on the extension of the new START treaty on the 26th. The White House also issued a statement on the same day, saying that the leaders of the two countries discussed their willingness to extend the new START treaty for five years during the call, and agreed that the teams of the two sides should complete the extension work as soon as possible before the expiration of the Treaty on February 5.
On the 27th, Putin also appointed Russian Vice Foreign Minister ryabukov as the Russian presidential representative in charge of negotiations with the United States. Ryabukov later made a statement to the media, saying that on the extension of the new START treaty, Russia’s request is “to extend it for five years without preconditions or additional content.”;. At the same time, he said that Russia has no plan for negotiations on the overall strategic stability between Russia and the United States, but hopes to promote other negotiations with the United States after the completion of negotiations on the extension of the new START treaty.
The new START treaty, signed by the United States and Russia in 2010, came into force on February 5, 2011 and is valid for 10 years. After the Sino Missile Treaty between the United States and Russia expires in 2019, it has become the only arms control treaty between the two countries.