The Russian parliament has agreed to renew the nuclear arms control treaty with the United States.
The so-called New START treaty on limiting the nuclear weapons arsenal of the great powers was in danger of expiring due to the disputes between the Kremlin and the administration of former President Trump.
The new president Joe Biden talked to his Russian counterpart by telephone on Tuesday, and they both want to arrange an extension of at least five years of the treaty.
The extension is apparently speeding up in Moscow because the Duma immediately agreed to it on Wednesday. A little later it was announced that the Russian senate, the Federation Council, had also decided.
The ‘Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty’ (START) dates back to the 1980s when the Soviet Union still existed. The agreement has been renewed or renewed three times but not always ratified by parliaments as planned.
The last version is from 2010 and is due to expire on February 5th.
Like its predecessors, the New START treaty limits the number of strategic warheads, missiles and bombers that Russia and the United States can have. The two countries are known to account for about 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.