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US/Russia Extend START Treaty An Additional Five Years As Biden Appeases CCP

Trump Administration Wanted To Contain China

Russia And US Move Towards START Extension
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Russia and the United States have agreed to extend the START nuclear weapons treaty for another five years. The Trump administration’s goal of including China in the treaty terms was negated by the massive election fraud which occurred on Nov 3rd of last year and installed Biden in office illegitimately.

The agreement between Russia and the United States to extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) has entered into force on Wednesday, February 3, after the countries exchanged the relevant notes, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“On February 3, the notes were exchanged with the US embassy in the Russian Foreign Ministry about completion of internal procedures necessary for the New START extension to come into force. Correspondingly, this agreement has entered into force the same day. Therefore, the treaty will be effective in the form in which it was signed, without any changes or supplements until February 5, 2026,” the statement reads, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“Considering the special responsibility of Russia and the US as the major nuclear powers, a crucial decision was made which guarantees the necessary level of predictability and transparency in this sphere with strict balance of interests,” the statement notes.

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Negotiations to renew the accord stalled under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who lobbied unsuccessfully to have China become a party to the restrictions, wrote The Moscow Times.

During one set of talks in Vienna last year, Trump’s arms control envoy even tweeted a picture of a Chinese flag next to an empty chair in a negotiations room, saying “China is a no-show,” although there was no expectation for Beijing to attend.

The Trump administration also tried to hold Russia accountable for illegal actions under other bilateral arms control treaties, cancelling several where Moscow was openly cheating.

Biden, in spite of his administration’s ‘anti-Russia’ stance, shows no such desire to hold the Kremlin in contempt of international agreements.

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