US rejects Putin’s proposal to extend New Start treaty | US rejects Putin’s proposal to extend New Start treaty

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Washington, October 17 (IANS). The White House has unconditionally rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New Start) for at least a year.

US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Friday that New Putt received President Putin’s response to expand without nuclear weapons, reported Xinhua.

“We hope that Russia will evaluate its position before engaging in an expensive arms race,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Putin said in a meeting with the permanent members of the country’s Security Council, I have a resolution, which can extend the current treaty unconditionally for at least one year.

The New Start Treaty was signed by Washington and Moscow in 2010. The treaty sets the limit for the number of strategic nuclear weapons and delivery systems deployed for both countries. This arms control treaty between the two nuclear superpowers will end on 5 February 2021.

With the consent of both countries, this treaty can be extended for a maximum period of five years. If it does not expand, it will be the first time since 1972 that the US and Russian nuclear weapons will be uncontrolled.

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