Putin Hails Extension Of New START Treaty
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Wed 27th January 2021 | 11:48 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the extension of a key nuclear pact was a positive development in reducing global tensions, as lawmakers unanimously voted to ratify the agreement to prolong New START in a rare moment of cooperation between Moscow and Washington
Moscow, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Jan, 2021 ) :Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the extension of a key nuclear pact was a positive development in reducing global tensions, as lawmakers unanimously voted to ratify the agreement to prolong New START in a rare moment of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
But the Russian leader warned: "The situation can still develop unpredictably and uncontrollably if we sit on our hands." Earlier in the day 399 Russian lawmakers in parliament's lower house, the State Duma, voted in favour of extending the agreement, with no votes against or abstentions.
The upper house ratified the treaty extension later Wednesday.
The New START treaty is the last remaining arms reduction pact between the former Cold War rivals.
- 'Good timeframe' - The Kremlin hailed the extension of the pact for five years.
"This is a good timeframe, which will allow us to work well -- if the political will exists -- to either further extend it or (agree) a new text of the agreement," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
But the agreement to extend the New START pact raised hopes for greater stability between the world's two most heavily armed nations, drawing a line under the uncertainty with Donald Trump, whom Biden replaced last week.
"Of course so far there are no conditions for a reset," Peskov said.
"It is enough that the presidents yesterday stressed the need to continue dialogue, having noted the existence of rather serious disagreements," he added.
The French foreign ministry in a statement hailed the treaty as the "last instrument still in force" that limits the capabilities of Moscow and Washington which hold close to 90 percent of the world's nuclear stockpiles.
During Trump's tenure, the United States withdrew from major international accords including the Iran nuclear deal and the Open Skies treaty, and pulled out of a centre-piece arms control agreement with Russia, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.