President Biden on Monday sent mixed signals to Moscow in an apparent offer to negotiate a replacement to the New START, the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the US and Russia.
In a statement to the 10th conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Biden said his administration “is ready to expeditiously negotiate a new arms control framework to replace New START when it expires in 2026,” but then suggested he wouldn’t negotiate with Russia while it was fighting in Ukraine.
“But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith. And Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression in Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and constitutes an attack on fundamental tenets of international order. In this context, Russia should demonstrate that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States,” Biden said.
Responding to Biden’s statement, a Russian Foreign Ministry source expressed puzzlement to Reuters. “Is this a serious statement or has the White House website been hacked?” the source said. “If this is still a serious intention, with whom exactly do they intend to discuss it?”
The US cut off arms control talks with Russia after Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24th. Russian officials have said they’re interested in resuming the dialogue, but besides Biden’s statement, the US hasn’t shown much interest. A US official told The New York Times back in June that “it’s almost impossible to imagine” the US and Russia negotiating a New START replacement before it expires in 2026.
3 thoughts on “Biden Sends Mixed Signals to Russia in Offer to Negotiate New START Replacement”
So right, Biden. Negotiations require a willing partner acting in good faith, and we clearly are not one.
You see NHMW, you have laid out exactly what is required. We hold Russia to a different standard than we do with Israel… Inconsistency makes for strange bedfellows…
Bye-Done is getting on my on my bad side… He’s coming off as a ‘comedy of errors’…
That’s a dangerous place to be when dealing with nuclear agreements.
Iran should agree then some from that office that handles this type of deals. Iran change their players over and over making it an Iran vacation for employees because we know as nhmakingwaves points out will have no good faith here any more
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