The President of the United States, Joe Biden, showed this Monday (01) his intention to start negotiations “immediately” with Russia on a new treaty to replace the New Start , a pact between the two countries that limits the number of nuclear weapons and that will expire in 2026.
Biden made the proposal in a statement on the occasion of the United Nations conference ( UN) on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in New York, in which the US will be represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
However, in the note, Biden warned that any negotiation “requires a partner willing to act in good faith” and recalled that “Russia’s brutal and unjustified aggression in Ukraine has destroyed peace in Europe and constitutes an attack on the fundamental principles of the international order”.
In this context”, according to him, “Russia should show that it is prepared to resume work on nuclear weapons control with the US.”
Shortly after arriving at the White House, in On January 2021, Biden agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to keep the New Start in force for another five years, which limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons to a maximum of 1.550 warheads and 700 ballistic systems for each of the two countries, on land, sea or air. This is the last remaining disarmament agreement between the two nuclear powers.
Biden also mentioned China in the communiqué, noting that it has a responsibility in this area as one of five nuclear-armed countries signatories to the Treaty. Non-Proliferation and as a member of the UN Security Council.
“There is no benefit to any of our nations or the world in resisting substantial cooperation in arms control and non-proliferation. nuclear proliferation,” he said.
Biden stressed that the US wants to lead by example and that at this time of “uncertainty and turmoil on the global stage” it is “more crucial than ever” to reiterate commitment to the principles of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The UN today opens a conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, the first in seven years, which is expected to be marked by tensions over the war in Ukraine, negotiations with Iran and North Korea’s nuclear program.