Source Title: Putin and Biden on the phone, both sides agreed on one thing
The day after Putin spoke to Biden
Plenary session of the Russian State Duma
The relevant bills were passed
New START treaty to be extended
Russian and American presidents on the phone
The two sides agreed to extend the arms control treaty
On January 27 local time, the plenary session of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) passed a bill to extend the new START treaty between Russia and the United States. The bill provides for the extension of the treaty until February 5, 2026.
According to the official website of the Russian President, on January 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Biden exchanged views on bilateral relations and international hot issues by telephone.
Russia also announced on the same day that the two countries had reached an agreement on extending the new START treaty.
The Russian side said that Putin and Biden expressed satisfaction with the agreement and exchange of diplomatic notes on the extension of the new strategic arms reduction treaty between the two countries on the 26th, saying that they will complete all necessary procedures as soon as possible to ensure that this important international legal mechanism of mutual restriction of nuclear arsenals will play a further role.
The two sides also exchanged views on such issues as the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the open sky treaty and the comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear issue.
According to a statement issued by the White House on the 26th local time, Biden and Putin agreed that the two teams should complete the extension of the treaty as soon as possible before February 5, and agreed to launch strategic stability discussions on a series of arms control and emerging security issues.
The statement said the leaders of the two countries agreed to continue to maintain “transparent and continuous” communication.
Russia keeps releasing renewal signals
After Biden came to power, the US side finally let go;
The United States and Russia signed the new START treaty in 2010.
After the United States withdraws from the “China Missile Treaty” in 2019, the new strategic arms reduction treaty becomes the only remaining arms control treaty between the United States and Russia, and will expire on February 5 this year. However, the validity of the Treaty can be extended for up to five years after consultation between the two countries.
Last year, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October last year, the two sides proposed to extend the Treaty for one year, but failed to finalize the details.
China welcomes the United States and Russia
Agreement on arms control treaty extension
At a regular Foreign Ministry press conference today, January 27, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that China welcomes the agreement reached by the United States and Russia on the extension of the new START treaty. The extension of the treaty will help maintain global strategic stability and promote international peace and security, which is in line with the common expectations of the international community.
China hopes that both sides will complete the relevant procedures for the extension of the treaty as soon as possible.
Zhao Lijian pointed out that as the two countries with the largest nuclear arsenals, the United States and Russia still account for more than 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. The two sides should earnestly fulfill their special priority responsibility for nuclear disarmament in accordance with international consensus, further substantially reduce their nuclear arsenals, and create conditions for the ultimate realization of comprehensive and complete nuclear disarmament.
Source: CCTV-7 national defense and military at noon