Today the US rejected Russia’s plea to extend the ‘NEW START TREATY’, unconditionally for a year. In a tweet, the US National Security Advisor termed Putin’s initiative to extend the treaty without freezing warheads as a ‘non-starter’.

The US NSC informed that the US was quite serious about the arms control for peaceful earth. “We hope Russia will reevaluate its position before a costly arms race ensues,” added the NSC. Previously, the US had proposed for the extension of the treaty limiting all the nuclear warheads. The US exclaimed, “This would have been a benefit for both the sides!”

In 2010, the ‘NEW START TREATY’, was signed between Russia and the US. The treaty came into power on February 5, 2011. As per the treaty, seven years from its entry, each of the sides should not have more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and many more. The treaty will come to an end in February 2021.

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