The New START Treaty is the only nuclear arms control treaty

The New START Treaty is the only nuclear arms control treaty

 As reported by Russia Today, the letter from Putin was sent on the opening day of the conference, Monday (1/8/2022). “Russia has consistently followed the rules and spirit of the Treaty. Our obligations under bilateral agreements with the United States, on the reduction and restriction of relevant [Nuclear] weapons, have been fully fulfilled," Putin said. He added, "there can be no victor in a nuclear war and that must not happen." 

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly sent a letter to the countries participating in the Conference on the Review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Russia believes all countries that follow the rules of the NPT should have an ace card for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, without any conditions. "We are ready to share our experience in the field of atomic energy with our partners," added the Russian leader. 

The day before Putin's letter was sent, United States President Joe Biden invited Russia to join the conference, replacing the New START Treaty which expires on February 5, 2026. “Negotiations require partners who are willing to operate in good faith. In this context, Russia must demonstrate that it is ready to return to work on nuclear weapons control with the United States," Biden said. 

The deal was close to breaking up in early 2021, but rebounded shortly after Biden was sworn in as president of the United States, when Washington finally agreed to Moscow's call to extend the deal, without any preconditions. The New START Treaty is the only remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia.

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