The U.S. government announced on the 21st that it is seeking to extend the upcoming U.S. – Russian START treaty for five years.
White House press secretary pusaki said at a press conference on the same day that U.S. President Biden has always believed that the new START treaty is in the interests of U.S. national security. At present, when the United States and Russia are in confrontational relations, the significance of extending the treaty is more prominent.
During the term of former president trump, the United States successively withdrew from the open sky treaty, the China missile defense treaty and other international arms control treaties. The new START treaty, which will expire on February 5 this year, is the only effective arms control treaty between the United States and Russia.
Pusaki 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.
US Defense Department spokesman John & middot; Kirby also issued a statement on the same day, saying that Russia’s previous compliance with the treaty is in the interests of US national security, and that the extension of the treaty to 2026 will provide time and space for the two countries to explore new arms control agreements.
The day before, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the issue of the new strategic arms reduction treaty, saying that extending the Treaty for five years is the best option, and that Russia and the United States will have enough time to jointly find solutions to new problems in the field of international security and strategic stability.
The United States and Russia signed the new START treaty in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the Treaty for one year, but failed to finalize the details.