Extension of the START Treaty as the First Step Towards Strategic Stability

Preserving the international strategic stability has become a serious challenge, RISS expert Sergey Ermakov said

The analyst explained that during the Trump presidency, the USA undermined the arms control regime. Washington withdrew from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, the Open Skies Treaty, and the "nuclear deal" with Iran, pursued an indistinct policy with respect to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and deliberately delayed the extension of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of 2010 (START-3).

"New US President Joe Biden has a very short period of time left to extend START-3, which expires on 5 February 2021," Ermakov clarified.

The analyst emphasised that the opinion of President Trump and his advisers that only Russia needs the extension of this treaty was a big mistake. All countries are interested in preservation of the nuclear security.

According to the RISS expert, Washington needs to make the first move. START-3 should be extended without any preconditions.

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