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In 2019, they presented a bipartisan bill to extend the treaty until 2026
Senators Chris Van Hollen and Todd Young issued a statement welcoming the Biden administration’s efforts to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START III) with Russia. The treaty, which expires on February 5, 2021, imposes restrictions on the strategic nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia. In August 2019, Democrat Van Hollen and Republican Young submitted a bipartisan bill to extend the treaty until 2026. In October 2020, they again called for an extension of the contract..
“Over the past ten years, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty has strengthened our national security and effectively limited Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal. The extension of START III is clearly in the interests of our country, and therefore we are pleased to hear that the Biden administration is working to extend the treaty with Russia for five years. We hope that both sides can quickly come to an agreement to preserve this important arms control agreement, ”the statement said..
Senator Todd Young (archived photo)
“START III limits Russia’s ability with long-range nuclear weapons aimed at the United States and includes an extensive monitoring regime that provides us with valuable information on the operations, composition and location of Russia’s nuclear forces. It is imperative that the START III extension also lays the groundwork for negotiations with Russia on subsequent agreements and for continuing parallel efforts to engage China in arms control, ”the lawmakers say..
“We look forward to working with the new administration to continue our efforts to address nuclear weapons challenges and develop an effective and lasting arms control strategy,” emphasize Chris Van Hollen and Todd Young..
Meanwhile, on Monday, a telephone conversation took place between President Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. The interlocutors reportedly discussed the extension of START-3.
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