US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken revealed the US administration’s plans for Russia, saying that Washington intends to negotiate with Moscow on controlling all types of nuclear weapons in the next five years. He made the announcement after announcing the five-year extension of the U.S.-Russian missile treaty.
Blinken also stressed that the U.S. intends to both cooperate with Russia, as in the case of the extension of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficially called START-3), and hold it accountable for “hostile actions.”
Earlier, on February 3, Moscow and Washington exchanged notes to this effect. The two countries officially extended the treaty for five years. Thus, it will remain in force as signed until February 5, 2026.
The treaty was signed in 2010 by the then presidents of Russia and the United States – Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. The agreement came into force in 2011. On January 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement to extend the START Treaty for five years.