State Duma deputies unanimously voted in favor of ratifying the agreement on the extension of the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms (START, START-3), reports TASS.
As specified, the document was submitted for consideration in the lower house of parliament by the head of the country, Vladimir Putin. According to this agreement, the START Treaty is extended until February 5, 2026.
All parliamentary factions voted for the ratification of the agreement.
The explanatory note to the document says that the extension of the START-3 treaty meets the national interests of the Russian Federation, allows maintaining the predictability of relations between Russia and the United States, as well as maintaining strategic stability in the world. It is noted that the time gained as a result of the prolongation of the treaty can be used for negotiations on further control over nuclear missile weapons.
Formerly Moscow and Washington exchanged notes on the extension of the START Treaty, which expired in February this year.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the agreement prolonged for five years without any additional conditions from the United States.