the president of USA, Joe Bidenexpressed this Monday his willingness to begin negotiating “immediately” with Russia a new treaty to replace the New Start, the pact between the two countries that limits the number of nuclear weapons and that will expire in 2026.
Biden made this offer in a statement on the occasion of the United Nations (UN) conference on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in New York, where the United States will be represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
However, in his note, the US president warned that any negotiation “requires a partner willing to operate in good faith” and recalled that “Russia’s brutal and unjustified aggression in Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and constitutes an attack against the fundamental principles of the international order”.
“In this context -he considered-, Russia should demonstrate that it is prepared to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States”.
Shortly after arriving at the White House in January 2021, Biden agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to keep the New Start, which limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons, alive for five more years, with a maximum of 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 ballistic systems for each of the two countries, on land, sea or air.
This is the last disarmament agreement that remains in force between the two nuclear powers.
On the other hand, Biden also mentioned China in his statement and pointed out that it has a responsibility in this matter as one of the five states with weapons of this type that are adhered to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and as a member of the Security Council. from the ONU.
In that sense, he pointed out that Beijing should embark on talks to reduce the risk of miscalculations and address “destabilizing military dynamics.”
“There is no benefit to any of our nations or the world by resisting substantial cooperation on arms control and nuclear non-proliferation,” the president said.
Biden stressed that his country wants to lead by example, saying that at this time of “uncertainty and turbulence on the global stage” it is “more crucial than ever” to reiterate its commitment to the principles of global non-proliferation.
He stressed that the world can trust that his government will continue to support the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and that it will seek to continue strengthening efforts in this regard.
The UN opens today in New York a conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the first in seven years and which is expected to be marked by the tensions of the war in Ukraine, the negotiations with Iran and the North Korean atomic program.