Russia’s Putin Signs Extension of New START Treaty

Russian parliament voted unanimously to extend the treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law on Friday extending the New START treaty, the last piece of arms control between the US and Russia. Putin signed the extension after both houses of Russia’s parliament voted unanimously in favor of extending New START on Wednesday.

The Kremlin said in a statement that the bill signed by Putin extends the treaty until February 5th, 2026. “The extension of the treaty is in line with Russia’s national interests as it makes it possible to maintain transparency and predictability in strategic relations between Russia and the US,” the statement said.

The New START limits the number of missiles, bombers, and nuclear warheads each power can have deployed. First signed in April 2010 and entered into force in 2011, the New START was due to expire this February.

The fate of the vital treaty was uncertain after the Trump administration failed to reach an agreement with Russia on extending it. President Trump’s envoy for arms control made additional demands of the Russians, while Moscow repeatedly offered the five-year extension.

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