Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday made a new offer to extend the last remaining nuclear arms treaty with the U.S., the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, for one year without conditions before it expires in February. American national security adviser Robert O’Brien told the Aspen Institute that the Trump administration agrees on the timeline for an extension but renewed its demand Moscow also agree to a one-year freeze of its entire stockpile, including classes of nuclear weapons that are not covered by the treaty. He followed up his remarks with a post on Twitter in which he made clear the U.S. will not accept the new Russian offer. „President Putin’s response today to extend New START without freezing nuclear warheads is a non-starter.” He also acknowledged that Russia may be biding its time to see who wins the presidential election before accepting any American demands. Thus may make a difference.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has said he would be willing to extend New START the full five years permitted under the treaty, without preconditions, and begin work on a follow-on pact. New START limits each country to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers. It ncludes site inspections to verify compliance.