– Even when we work with Russia to look after our interests, we are also working to hold Russia accountable for its reckless and hostile actions – said a spokeswoman for the new US president, Joe Biden, at a press conference.
To this end – as Psaki mentioned – Biden is asking the US intelligence community to “fully assess” the cyber attack last year on US institutions, “Russian interference in the 2020 election campaign,” and “the use of chemical weapons against the opposition leader.” Alexey NavalnyAnd “the alleged accusations of attacks on US forces in Afghanistan.”
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The spokeswoman also confirmed that the United States intends to extend the new START system for disarmament by five years. She emphasized that Biden believes that this deal with Russia “is in the national interest of the United States.”
The New START Agreement (on further reduction and limitation of offensive strategic weapons) was signed in April 2010 in Prague by the then American and Russian presidents, Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. It came into effect in February 2011. It provides for a significant reduction in missiles and nuclear warheads on both sides. It also allows for 18 inspections of military installations annually.
The new START will expire in February this year. In October last year, the White House rejected a Russian proposal to extend by one year without any terms of the agreement. At that time, the United States demanded that the modernization of Russia’s nuclear warheads be suspended.