VS en Rusland komen verlenging New START kernwapenverdrag overeen
January 27, 2021 - The United States and Russia have “agreed in principle” to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty for five years, following a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining treaty limiting the U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire, AP said.
The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move and Putin has to sign the relevant bill into law.
New START expires on February 5. After taking office last week, Biden proposed extending the treaty for five years, and the Kremlin quickly welcomed the offer.
The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads on 700 deployed launchers.