US rejects Putin's proposal to extend START

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 18 Oct 2020 by Alex Teddy

On October 16 the US government said that prolonging the START Treaty by 1 year is out of the question. Putin had suggested doing so while a long term replacement is negotiated. Putin had wanted there to be no freeze on nuclear warheads during the extension.The US suggested a one year extension but with a warhead freeze. Moscow initially appeared amenable to this. START limits both to 1 550 nuclear warheads.START is due to expire in November 2020. Biden wants an extension but on what terms? The US was hoping China would join START.

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