Biden proposes five-year extension of New START treaty with Russia

Washington (AFP) – New US President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a five-year extension with Russia of New START, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the powers, but vowed to pressure Moscow on other fronts. The treaty, which has limited the United States and Russia to 1,550 nuclear warheads each, expires on February 5 after negotiations stagnated under former president Donald Trump. “The United States intends to seek a five-year extension of New START, as the treaty permits,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “This extension makes even more sense when the …

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