Putin Wants “Clear Answer” From US On Nuclear Arms Treaty, Offers 1-Year Extension
Fri, 10/16/2020 – 21:10
At the start of this week it was widely reported that President Trump is seeking a last minute pre-election nuclear deal with Russia given the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is set to expire by this upcoming February.
Russia and the US have held recent talks for its five-year extension in Vienna and Helsinki within past weeks, but there’s little substantial progress despite optimistic statements by the US delegation. Russia has consistently pushed for an unconditional five-year extension of the treaty, but it appears Putin is now ready for some level of compromise.
On Friday Putin informed the Russian Security Council of plans to push for an extension of at least one year without any preconditions.
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