The letter to the President was signed by legislators from both parties
Democrat senators Diane Feinstein, Chris Van Hollen, and Republicans Rand Paul and Susan Collins sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday calling for an immediate five-year extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction (START) agreement.
The current treaty expires in February 2021 unless action is taken to extend it or replace it with a new agreement.
“If the expiration of the New START treaty in February is allowed, it will have a dangerous and destabilizing effect. The loss of an extensive and effective START verification regime will create more uncertainty about Russia’s current and future plans, intentions, and capabilities in the nuclear arms sector. As transparency between our nuclear force systems diminishes, it could undermine the fundamental premise of mutual deterrence and increase the risks of nuclear crises like those we experienced during the Cold War, such as the Cuban missile crisis,” the senators’ message said.
“Therefore, Mr. President, we urge you to use your authority to extend the New START treaty for five years and keep us from going back into a time of destabilizing nuclear competition,” the senators said.