Russia intrigued by Biden proposal to replace nuclear weapons treaty | WKZO | All Kalamazoo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian Foreign Ministry source expressed bewilderment on Monday at a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden to negotiate a new nuclear arms control framework to replace the New START treaty when it expires in 2026.

Biden said in a statement Monday that his administration was ready to negotiate a new framework “quickly” but that Russia would have to demonstrate that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States.

“Is this a serious statement or has the White House website been hacked?” a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Reuters. “If it’s still a serious intention, who exactly are they planning to discuss it with?”

The New START treaty, reached in 2011, required the United States and Russia to limit the deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the deployment of ballistic missiles launched by submarines and the deployment of heavy bombers equipped for nuclear weapons.

It also imposed limits on nuclear warheads on deployed missiles and bombers and the launchers of those missiles. Both parties reached the central limits of the treaty on February 5, 2018, and the treaty was extended until the end of February 4, 2026.

(Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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