The administration of US President Joe Biden has decided to extend the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficially known as START III). Writes about this The Washington Post with reference to two high-ranking officials.
The missile treaty will remain in effect for another five years. At the same time, the American president is not planning a “reset” in relations with Russia. Thus, the new administration is already preparing to impose new costs on Russia, pending an intelligence assessment of its activities.
Biden’s intentions to extend START-3 were announced by the candidate for the post of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on January 20. He said that the deadline on the issue of extending the missile treaty will come very soon, with this issue the president’s team will come to lawmakers almost immediately after the politician takes office.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed in 2010 by the presidents of Russia and the United States, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement came into force in 2011 and expires in February 2021.