Biden wants a new nuclear deal with Russia and China

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Biden wants to conclude a new nuclear deal with Russia and China

The US President believes that “at a time of uncertainty and turmoil on the world stage” it is especially important to prevent the build-up of the nuclear potential of all countries.

The United States is ready to chart a new nuclear arms deal with Russia and called on Moscow to demonstrate its ability to negotiate in good faith, U.S. President Joe Biden said, according to Reuters.

In February 2021, Russia and the United States extended the duration of a new nuclear arms deal reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (START III) for five years. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads that both countries can deploy, as well as the number of land-based and submarine-based missiles and bombers to deliver them.

“Today, my administration is poised to rapidly negotiate a new arms control system to replace New START when it expires in 2026,” Biden said. “But negotiations require a partner in good faith. And Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression on Ukraine violated the peace in Europe and represents an attack on the fundamental principles of the international order.Russia must demonstrate that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States.”

In addition, the US President addressed the Chinese leadership with a proposal to enter into negotiations “which will reduce the risk of miscalculation and destabilizing military dynamics.” In his opinion, China should also play a leading role in the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons “at this moment of uncertainty and upheaval on the world stage.”

At the same time, in Russia, the initiative of the American leadership was treated with bewilderment. A Reuters source in the Russian Foreign Ministry questioned the seriousness of Washington's intentions.

“Is this a serious statement or a hack attack on the White House website?” he said.

The US President's statement was made on the eve of global discussions at the UN on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

How do aggressors threaten nuclear weapons?

Russian politicians often resort to the threat of the use of nuclear weapons in the course of their belligerent actions. In July, ex-President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev promised to arrange a “judgment day” if Ukraine strikes on the territory of the occupied Crimea.

In late June, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko compared the current situation on the world stage with 1941 and said, that Russia should be ready to use nuclear weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in the same days announced the successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. He promised that the Sarmat would be on combat duty at the end of this year.

In April, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with American media, said that the world should be prepared for what Russia could use tactical nuclear weapons.

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