The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden decided to extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficial name – START-3).
The treaty will be valid for another five years. However, the president is not planning to “reset” relations with Russia. Thus, the new administration is already preparing to impose new expenses on Russia, pending an intelligence assessment of its activities.
On January 20th, Anthony Blinken, the nominee for secretary of state, announced Biden’s intentions to extend START-3. Anthony Blinken, the nominee for secretary of state, said the deadline to extend the treaty is approaching very soon and the president’s team will approach lawmakers with this question shortly after the nominee takes office.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed in 2010 by presidents Dmitri Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement entered into force in 2011, and its term expires in February 2021.