The extension of the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START, START-3) will give Moscow and Washington time and opportunities for further arms talks. This was announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, commenting on the White House’s statement of its intention to offer Russia to extend START-3 by five years.
According to him, the decision of the Biden administration to seek an extension of the START Treaty contributes to the strengthening of the US defense, writes TASS. « Russia’s compliance with this treaty has served our national interests well, » a Pentagon spokesman said, noting that the Americans would be much safer if START is maintained and extended.
Kirby is convinced that extending restrictions on strategic nuclear stockpiles until 2026 provides time and space for Russia and the US to explore new arms control mechanisms that « could further reduce the risk to Americans. »
Earlier, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden’s proposal to extend START for five years is especially important for the normalization of Russian-American relations. Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan intends to convey the proposal to extend the term of the treaty to Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.