Pentagon Praises Russia for New START Compliance

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Pentagon Praises Russia for New START Compliance
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The Pentagon is seeking a five-year extension of New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) and has lauded Russia for its efforts in respecting the norms.

“Russia's compliance with the treaty has served our national security interests well, and Americans are much safer with New START intact and extended” John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, said in a statement today.

We cannot afford to lose New START’s intrusive inspection and notification tools. Failing to swiftly extend New START would weaken America’s understanding of Russia’s long-range nuclear forces, he added.

President Joe Biden is seeking a five-year extension of the New START, the only remaining treaty limiting the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals just days before it expires.

Signed in 2010 by then U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the treaty limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had said in October last year that Moscow was willing to even include hypersonic weapons in the New START arms control treaty negotiations.

While Putin offered to extend the treaty, former U.S. President Donald Trump pushed for a new pact that would include China as a signatory.

Kirby said that extending the treaty’s limitations on stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons until 2026 allows time and space for the two nations to explore new verifiable arms control arrangements that could further reduce risks to Americans.

“Just as we engage Russia in ways that advance American interests, we in the Department will remain clear-eyed about the challenges Russia poses and committed to defending the nation against their reckless and adversarial actions,” he added.

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