In order to extend New START, Russia ready to freeze existing nuclear warheads along with US

In a move to extend the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by one year, Russia has said that it is ready to freeze the existing number of nuclear warheads along with the United States.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on October 20, announced the move saying, “This position of ours can be implemented strictly and exclusively on the understanding that the ‘freezing’ of warheads will not be accompanied by any additional demands from the United States.”

However, no official response from the United States to President Vladimir Putin’s proposal on the extension of the New START has yet been received. It must be noted that the New START will expire on Feb. 5, 2021, for at least one year.

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