On January 26, the United States and Russia agreed on prolonging the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (known as New START), according to a summary of the call between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin published on the Kremlin’s website.
The US and Russian leaders expressed their satisfaction with the progress made, it reported.
Russian media also reported that Putin submitted an agreement to prolong the treaty to the Parliament for ratification. The agreement is set to be extended until February 5, 2026.
New START obliges Russia and the US to reduce the number of their strategic nuclear missile launchers by a half is set to expire in February 2021. Earlier, the United States demonstrated an unwillingness to prolong the agreement without preconditions i.e. concessions by the Russian side. This put the treaty in danger. Nonetheless, now it seems that the US posture has shifted toward a more constructive position.
According to reports, in the coming days, Washington and Moscow will to complete all the procedures needed to ensure New START will remain in force.
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