On Tuesday, Russia announced that the US and Russia struck a deal to extend New START, the last nuclear arms control treaty between the two powers. The announcement was made after President Biden spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The presidents expressed satisfaction following today’s exchange of diplomatic notes on an agreement to extend the New START Treaty,” the Kremlin said in a statement, according to Russia’s Tass News Agency.
Details of the extension have not been made public, but President Biden’s press secretary said the administration was seeking a five-year extension with no preconditions, as New START allows. The treaty was set to expire on February 5th.
Moscow had repeatedly offered the five-year extension to the Trump administration during negotiations at the end of 2020. Trump’s arms control envoy made additional demands if the Russians and failed to reach an agreement.
The White House has yet to confirm the extension but mentioned the treaty in a readout of Biden and Putin’s call. “They discussed both countries’ willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5th,” the White House said.
New START limits the number of missiles, bombers, and nuclear warheads each power can have deployed. Without it, there would be no constraints on the nuclear arsenals of the US and Russia.
While the Biden administration worked quickly to preserve New START, they are making it known that Washington will continue a hostile stance towards Moscow. During the phone call, Biden addressed several issues with Putin. Some of the allegations Biden made are entirely unsubstantiated, like the claim that Moscow paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan.
3 thoughts on “US, Russia Agree to Extend New START”
No mention of Russia’s hypersonic missile programs or the US’ burgeoning hypersonic program.
The Biden team might be overly sanguine.
Any action that limits a hair trigger class of weaponry that can destroy the world in thirty minutes is good regardless what person performs the action. Not sure how anybody can be overly sanguine as a result.
The US government holds the ultimate nuclear weapon: the US dollar and those who transact in it.
“Biden disclosed in an interview subsequently with the New Yorker magazine that he told the then Russian prime minister, “I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.” Whereupon, Biden recounted, Putin looked back, smiled, and replied, “We understand one another.” ‘
Was Joe Biden utilizing the George W. Bush line? Joe Biden has a history of plagiarism. I have my doubts about the story’s veracity. Perhaps Joe’s association with the Catholic Church hierarchy and the attendant perversions lends a certain credence.
If the story has traction, I can appreciate and respect Mr. Putin’s sentiment and intent.
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