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Russia gives nod to extend START treaty:
US, Russia agree to extend ‘New START’ nuclear arms treaty.
- The extension of the landmark arms control treaty will continue to limit the number of nuclear missiles and warheads each country can deploy.
Negotiations to extend the treaty were stalled by the administration of former US President Donald Trump, which insisted on tougher inspections for Russia and for China to be included, which Beijing refused.
About the New START treaty:
- The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), was signed in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart at the time, Dmitry Medvedev.
- The treaty limits each party to 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), 1,550 nuclear warheads on deployed ICBMs and SLBMs, and 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers.
- It also envisions a rigorous inspection regime to verify compliance.
- About START and New START treaties.
- Timelines under New START.
- Terms of the treaty.
Discuss the significance of the New START treaty.
Sources: the Hindu.