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President Biden said he was ready to discuss a new nuclear control agreement with Moscow, while Russian officials expressed surprise at the proposal.

“My administration is ready to accelerate negotiations on a new arms control framework to replace the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) that expires in 2026. However, negotiations need a willing partner. act of goodwill. Russia needs to demonstrate its willingness to resume nuclear arms control negotiations with the United States ,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement released today.

Trump also called on China to participate in dialogues to “limit the risk of miscalculation and handle destabilizing military issues”.

The source at the Russian Foreign Ministry questioned the intention of the United States to publish this statement. “Is this a serious statement or a hacker attack on the White House website? If they are serious, who are they going to discuss it with?”, the source said.

Chinese officials have not commented on the report.

President Biden during a meeting at the White House on July 28.  Photo: AFP.

President Biden during a meeting at the White House on July 28. Photo: AFP .

The remarks were made on the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, taking place in New York City in the US. Arms control is an area where progress has often been made despite disagreements among many countries. This year’s conference took place in the context of the Russian-Ukrainian war that has lasted for more than 5 months, while US-China tensions escalated due to the Taiwan issue.

New START is the last arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, allowing each country to deploy no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads, the lowest level in decades. The two countries are also limited in the number of land- and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, as well as bombers carrying bombs and nuclear cruise missiles.

Russia and the US in early 2021 extended the New START treaty for another five years, just a few days before the agreement expires.

Former US President Donald Trump did not want to extend New START because he thought the treaty did not fully list Russia’s nuclear weapons and wanted to include China in a broader arms control framework. Many US congressmen and experts see this proposal as a measure to destroy New START and end the limit of control over the US strategic nuclear arsenal, because China has completely rejected the idea.