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Russia and the United States agree to extend the Treaty on the Limitation of Offensive Arms (START III)

27.01.2021
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According to John Hudson


President Biden has negotiated with President Putin to extend the only remaining treaty, limiting the world's two largest nuclear arsenals, just days before its expiration, two senior US officials said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russia "welcomes the political will" to extend New START from the Biden administration, but it needs more time to study the details of Washington's proposal, adding that previous conditions put forward by the team of former President Donald Trump , "Absolutely did not suit us." “Russia is definitely in favor of preserving the new strategic offensive arms and its extension,” Peskov said.
President Donald Trump has tried to negotiate a shorter extension of the treaty with Moscow in the last months of his presidency, but he has failed. If the treaty expires, Moscow and Washington will be able to deploy an unlimited number of nuclear submarines, bombers and missiles, which, as many experts fear, could provoke a new nuclear arms race and further exacerbate relations between the United States and Russia.
At the same time, the Biden administration rules out a "reset" of bilateral relations with Moscow, as many US presidents did after the end of the Cold War. “This will be the first post-Soviet US administration to come to power and have not promised to forge a warmer relationship with Russia,” said Angela Stent, a senior intelligence official under the George W. Bush administration.

 

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