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Biden admin to seek 5 year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia – WH press sec Psaki

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President Joe Biden new administration will seek a five-year extension of the New START arms control treaty with Russia, set to expire in February, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a press briefing in Washington DC on Thursday.

“The President has long been clear that the New START treaty is in the national security interests of the United States. And this extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is adversarial as it is at this time,” Psaki told the media.

Signed in 2010, the New START treaty regulates the number of strategic nuclear warheads the United States and Russia can deploy.

Psaki also announced that President Biden was “issuing a tasking” to the US intelligence community to fully assess Russia alleged interference in the 2020 US Presidential election and investigate the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny among other inquiries.

“Even as we work with Russia to advance US interests, so too we work to hold Russia to account for its reckless and adversarial actions,” she said.

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