The only nuclear arms control regime in effect between the two countries expires on February 5, but can be prolonged for another half a decade.
White House has confirmed that Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) pact that caps nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States.
Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president on Wednesday, along with Kamala Harris, who took oath as the first-ever female vice president.
“The President has long been clear that the New START treaty is in the national security interest of the United States. This extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is adversarial as it is at this time. New START is the only remaining treaty constraining Russian nuclear forces and is an anchor of strategic stability between our two countries,” Psaki added.
US Must Not Lose New START Nuclear Treaty’s Intrusive Inspection Tools, Pentagon Says
According to Defense Department spokesman John Kirby, the US military needs to get the decade-old New START renewed urgently to be able to use its agreed “intrusive inspection” mechanisms to keep track of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.
“We cannot afford to lose New START’s intrusive inspection and notification tools,” Kirby, a Trump administration appointee, said on Thursday. “Failing to swiftly extend New START would weaken America’s understanding of Russia’s long-range…