The United States intends to complete the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START, unofficial name: START-3) before the document expiration.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, the American side still has steps that need to be completed. “But we are optimistic that this extension, which is clearly in our national security interests, will be completed before February 5,” he said.
Earlier, U.S. Presidential National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the extension of the missile treaty would only be the beginning of extensive negotiations with Moscow that would also touch on other security issues.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed in 2010 by presidents Dmitri Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement entered into force in 2011. On January 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement to extend the START Treaty for five years, until February 5, 2026.