The new US administration is planning to negotiate with Russia on the extension of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, its unofficial name – START-3). This was announced by Jake Sullivan, whom President-elect Joe Biden chose as his national security adviser.
Even at the height of the Cold War, he said, the countries had areas for cooperation, primarily on arms control and nuclear nonproliferation. “I am confident that today the United States and Russia can act within their national interests, move forward on arms control and strategic stability, and deal with the threat that nuclear weapons pose to the world,” Sullivan said.
He noted that the new administration plans to take up the START-3 extension without delay. Sullivan added that this is in the U.S. interest.
Separately, the soon-to-be adviser talked about plans to punish those responsible for the largest cyberattack on U.S. government agencies. According to him, the Biden administration will find out what damage was done and make the perpetrators pay a high price. Sullivan added that it is very likely that Russia was behind the hacks, although no one has been charged. “It will be a combination of punishment and strengthening our defenses,” he promised.
Earlier it was reported that the scale of the cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies was much larger than anticipated. Hacks could affect 250 internal networks in which the criminals “lived” for nine months.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed in 2010 by presidents Dmitri Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement entered into force in 2011 and expires in February 2021.