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Time remains to consider New START options, says US official

14 February 2020

Key Points

  • Russia and the United States have sufficient time to decide on and activate an extension of the 2010 New START strategic arms control treaty, according to a senior US State Department official
  • The deal is due to expire in 2021 but different extension options exist

There remains time for Russia and the United States to work through processes for extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) despite the deal being due to expire in February 2021, a senior US State Department official told a seminar in London on 11 February.

"New START, by its own terms, can be extended by up to five years. It is a process that is not complicated and the mechanism for extension is baked into the treaty itself," Christopher Ford, assistant secretary at the department's Bureau of International Security and Non-proliferation (and also performing the duties of undersecretary for arms control and international security), told the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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