Washington, 27 January. US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone on Tuesday. The White House said in a statement that the two leaders discussed arms control and other issues during the talks.
The White House said Biden and Putin expressed a desire to extend the new Strategic Arms Reduction Reduction Treaty (New Start) by another five years.
The two leaders also agreed on strategic stability on arms control and security issues.
In a phone call, Biden confirmed US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. He also raised the issue of the Solar Winds Hack, Russia’s placing a bounty on United States soldiers in Afghanistan, interfering in the 2020 United States election, and poisoning Alexei Navalny, the statement said.
New Start, which limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 and the distribution system for both countries to 700, is the last remaining nuclear weapons control agreement between the two nuclear superpowers.
With the consent of both countries this treaty can be extended for a maximum period of five years. The Trump administration discussed extending the treaty to a shorter time last year after talks with Russia, but both sides failed to finalize a formal agreement.