Germany looks to progress on Start-3 under Biden

The likely election of Joe Biden as President of the United States opens up opportunities for dialogue between Washington and Moscow on Start-3. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaking in the Bundestag on the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of Paris.

“The OSCE plays a Central role in arms control in Europe. The “Structured dialogue” initiated by Germany in 2016 should facilitate negotiations on peace and security in Europe as a whole, but also directly with Russia. This requires progress in the dialogue between the United States and Russia on nuclear arms control and, above all, on Start-3. The Federal government is now actively advocating this with its many partners that we have in various organizations. In the international arena, because we believe that the election of a new American President opens up great opportunities for this,” Maas said.

The agreement obliges Moscow and Washington to exchange data on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year. On February 5, 2018, the deadline for Russia and the United States to reach the Start-3 targets came.

In October 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed extending the Agreement for a year without any conditions, but Washington rejected this initiative.

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