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Russia and USA exchange documents to extend the NEW START nuclear weapons agreement

Russia, US Exchange Documents to Extend Nuclear Pact

The Kremlin says Russia and the United States have exchanged documents to extend their last remaining nuclear arms control pact days before it is set to expire. U.S. News, BY VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press, MOSCOW (AP) 26 Jan 21 — Russia and the United States traded documents Tuesday to extend their last remaining nuclear arms control treaty days before it is due to expire, the Kremlin said.

A Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said the two leaders voiced satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes about extending the New START treaty.

“In the nearest days, the parties will complete the necessary procedures that will ensure further functioning of this important international legal nuclear arms control tool,” the Kremlin said.

The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move. Top members of the Kremlin-controlled parliament said they would fast-track the issue and complete the necessary steps to extend the treaty this week.

New START expires on Feb. 5. After taking office last week, Biden proposed extending the treaty for five years, and the Kremlin quickly welcomed the offer………. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-01-26/russia-diplomat-hails-progress-in-nuclear-pact-talks-with-us

January 26, 2021 - Posted by | politics international, weapons and war

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