Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

1/22/2021 12:04:00 PM

Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

The White House says President Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is set to expire in February.

and the widely reported allegations that Russia may have offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan.The Pentagon’s chief spokesman, John Kirby, said allowing the treaty to lapse would have weakened U.S. understanding of Russia’s nuclear forces.

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Advertisement“Extending the treaty’s limitations on stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons until 2026 allows time and space for our two nations to explore new verifiable arms control arrangements that could further reduce risks to Americans,” he said. “And the department stands ready to support our colleagues in the State Department as they effect this extension and explore those new arrangements.”

Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan was to convey the extension proposal to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, on Thursday afternoon, according to one official familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private diplomatic conversations.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg earlier Thursday called on the United States and Russia to extend the treaty and to later broaden it.“We should not end up in a situation with no limitation on nuclear warheads, and New START will expire within days,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels. The treaty expires Feb. 5.

AdvertisementStoltenberg underlined that “an extension of the New START is not the end, it’s the beginning of our efforts to further strengthen arms control.”The treaty,signed in 2010by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads.

Obama won Senate ratification of the treaty with a commitment to move ahead with a vast and enormously expensive recapitalization of the U.S. nuclear force. That program, which some Democrats in Congress call excessive, is likely to be further scrutinized by the Biden administration. At a projected cost exceeding $1 trillion over the next several decades, the plan is to replace each of the three “legs” of the U.S. nuclear triad — ballistic-missile submarines, nuclear-capable bomber aircraft and land-based nuclear missiles.

President Trump had been highly critical of New START, asserting that it put the United States at a disadvantage. His administration waited until last year to engage Russia in substantive talks on the treaty’s future. Trump insisted that China be added to the treaty, but Beijing rejected the idea out of hand.

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AdvertisementTrump’s lead negotiator on New START discussions with the Russians, Marshall S. Billingslea, wrote Thursday on Twitter that Biden would be making a mistake by quickly agreeing to a five-year extension.“Hope this is not true,” he wrote, referring to news reports of Thursday’s proposal. “If so, shows stunning lack of negotiating skill. Took just 24 hours for Biden team to squander most significant leverage we have over Russia.”

Robert Soofer, who was the Trump administration’s top nuclear policy official at the Pentagon, said in an interview that he sees the Biden decision to accept a five-year extension as a lost opportunity.“The Russians are likely to pocket this extension and walk away from the table,” Soofer said, rather than accede to a long-standing U.S. request that they negotiate limits on other categories of nuclear weapons, such as tactical weapons.

AdvertisementSome U.S. officials have been leery of renewing New START without getting a Russian commitment to negotiate limits on new types of strategic weapons, including Moscow’s nuclear-capable Avangard hypersonic long-range missile.Biden, who indicated during the campaign that he favored extending New START, is not proposing any alterations, the U.S. official said. Thus it appeared likely that Moscow would be amenable to an extension.

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potus Always give the Blueprints, for a facility, and directions how, to denuclearize their Nuclear Arsenal Safely, and use the Uranium for Nuclear Power Plants. Offer to denuclearize one for one to reduce the arsenals on all sides down to no nuclear weapons. If President Trump did this he would be accused of colluding with Russia and the evil Putin again. Beijing Biden does this and Dems and their Pravda media will sing his praises.

Congratulations KremlinRussia_E Extending a treaty with Russia would be a great idea if we could trust Putin. But Putin has already proven untrustworthy. This is a fools errand no better than making a treaty with Iran. Evil regimes cheat all the time. nice Puppet of the CCP Regime Biden is NOT MY PRESIDENT