Senior Republicans on the Foreign and Armed Forces Committees of the US House of Representatives Michael McCall and Mike Rogers have criticized the Biden administration for the decision to extend START with Russia by five years.
“It is disappointing that the Biden administration missed the opportunity to agree on a more comprehensive version of the new treaty, which would introduce non-strategic nuclear weapons and a large verification procedure,” the Republican congressmen say.
They noted that the original contract did not cover the new systems.
Members of the underground chamber of the American parliament McCall and Rogers believe that the extension of the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START) for a 5-year period allegedly deprives the United States of leverage with the Russian Federation to return to negotiations.
“There is still time for a short-term extension, which will allow to get a gap for substantive negotiations,” added the parliamentarians.
The Republicans called on the US administration to modernize its nuclear deterrent capabilities and respond to “China’s growing nuclear arsenals.”
On Tuesday, January 26, the Russian Federation and the United States exchanged notes on the extension of the START Treaty…