The last agreement limiting America’s and Russia’s nuclear arsenals is expiring within a month.
Washington and Moscow are having conversations now, including a working-level meeting in July in Vienna. Even though the administration is skeptical of arms control, and Billingslea is not a fan of the concept, Trump’s team at least hasn’t outright rejected negotiations.
However unlikely now, the two powers could come to an agreement before New START’s expiration on February 5. If they don’t, a newly elected Joe Biden could quickly reach a deal with Putin before the deadline, though he’d have limited time since his term would start in late January. The election in November will be a major inflection point for New START. Moniz, the former energy secretary who helped strike the Iran nuclear deal, told “If Biden wins, It can’t be imagined that he wouldn’t extend New START.”
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