NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the extension of the missile treaty by Moscow and Washington. He left a comment to this effect on his Twitter account.
“I welcome the agreement to extend the Newstart (Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms – START, unofficially called START-3) treaty for five years. The treaty contributes to international stability and is of great importance to NATO allies. It is the beginning, not the end, of efforts to further strengthen international arms control,” Stoltenberg wrote.
Earlier on February 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the extension of the START Treaty with the United States. Moscow and Washington exchanged relevant notes. The countries officially extended the missile treaty for five years. Thus, the agreement will remain in force as it has been signed until February 5, 2026.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed in 2010 by presidents Dmitri Medvedev and Barack Obama of Russia and the United States at the time. It came into force in 2011 and was scheduled to expire in February 2021.
The treaty stipulates that each side must not have more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and strategic bombers. In total, they may carry no more than 1,550 warheads.
The total number of deployed and non-deployed ICBM and SLBM launchers as well as deployed and non-deployed bombers must not exceed 800.