Biden proposes extending nuclear arms treaty with Russia for 5 years

Biden proposes extending nuclear arms treaty with Russia for 5 years

President
Joe
Biden
has
proposed
extending
a
nuclear
arms
treaty
with

Russia
before
it
expires
next
month,

White
House
press
secretary
Jen
Psaki
said
during
a
Thursday
press
conference.

Russia
has
said
for
some
time
that
it
would
welcome
an
extension
of
the
New
START
treaty,
which
limits
the
number
of
U.S.
and
Russian
strategic

nuclear
weapons.
The

Trump
administration
made
a
late
bid
to
extend
the
treaty,
but
its
conditions
were
rejected
by
Russia.

President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. 

President
Joe
Biden
speaks
about
the
coronavirus,
accompanied
by
Vice
President
Kamala
Harris,
in
the
State
Dinning
Room
of
the
White
House,
Thursday,
Jan.
21,
2021,
in
Washington. 

(AP)

Psaki
noted
that
a
five-year
extension
is
permitted
by
the
treaty
and
it
“makes
even
more
sense
when
the
relationship
with
Russia
is
adversarial
as
it
is
at
this
time.”

She
called
the
treaty
“an
anchor
of
strategic
stability
between
our
two
countries.”

Despite
the
extension
proposal,
Psaki
said
Biden
was
committed
to
holding
Russia
accountable
for
its
alleged
involvement
in
the

Solar
Winds
hacking
event,

2020
election
interference,
the
chemical
poisoning
of
opposition
figure

Alexei
Navalny
and
the
widely
reported
allegations
that
Russia
may
have
offered
bounties
to
the

Taliban
to
kill
American
soldiers
in

Afghanistan.


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The
Pentagon’s
chief
spokesman,
John
Kirby,
said
allowing
the
treaty
to
lapse
would
have
weakened
U.S.
understanding
of
Russia’s
nuclear
forces.

“Extending
the
treaty’s
limitations
on
stockpiles
of
strategic
nuclear
weapons
until
2026
allows
time
and
space
for
our
two
nations
to
explore
new
verifiable
arms
control
arrangements
that
could
further
reduce
risks
to
Americans,”
he
said.
“And
the
department
stands
ready
to
support
our
colleagues
in
the
State
Department
as
they
effect
this
extension
and
explore
those
new
arrangements.”

Biden’s
national
security
adviser
Jake
Sullivan
was
to
convey
the
extension
proposal
to
Russia’s
ambassador
to
the
U.S.,
Anatoly
Antonov,
on
Thursday
afternoon,
according
to
one
official
familiar
with
the
matter.

NATO
Secretary-General
Jens
Stoltenberg
earlier
Thursday
called
on
the
United
States
and
Russia
to
extend
the
treaty
and
to
later
broaden
it.

“We
should
not
end
up
in
a
situation
with
no
limitation
on
nuclear
warheads,
and
New
START
will
expire
within
days,”
Stoltenberg
told
reporters
in
Brussels.

Stoltenberg
underlined
that
“an
extension
of
the
New
START
is
not
the
end,
it’s
the
beginning
of
our
efforts
to
further
strengthen
arms
control.”


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ADMINISTRATION

The
treaty,
signed
in
2010
by
President
Barack
Obama
and
Russian
President
Dmitry
Medvedev,
limits
each
country
to
no
more
than
1,550
deployed
nuclear
warheads.

Obama
won
Senate
ratification
of
the
treaty
with
a
commitment
to
move
ahead
with
a
vast
and
enormously
expensive
recapitalization
of
the
U.S.
nuclear
force.
That
program
is
likely
to
be
further
scrutinized
by
the
Biden
administration.
At
a
projected
cost
exceeding
$1
trillion
over
the
next
several
decades,
the
plan
is
to
replace
each
of
the
three
“legs”
of
the
U.S.
nuclear
triad

ballistic
missile
submarines,
nuclear-capable
bomber
aircraft
and
land-based
nuclear
missiles.

President
Donald
Trump
had
been
highly
critical
of
New
START,
asserting
that
it
put
the
United
States
at
a
disadvantage.
His
administration
waited
until
last
year
to
engage
Russia
in
substantive
talks
on
the
treaty’s
future.


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Biden,
who
indicated
during
the
campaign
that
he
favored
extending
New
START,
is
not
proposing
any
alterations,
the
U.S.
official
said.
Thus,
it
appeared
likely
that
Moscow
would
be
amenable
to
an
extension.


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report
.

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