On Wednesday, January 27, members of the State Duma adopted at a plenary meeting a bill on the ratification of the agreement on the extension of the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms signed on 8 April 2010. President Vladimir Putin submitted the relevant bill on January 26.
As it was noted in the text of the document, the Treaty would be extended for a five-year term, it would last until 5 February 2026.
“On 26 January 2021, Russia and the United States agreed to extend the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms signed on 8 April 2010 and exchanged notes,” the document says.
It was also emphasized in the bill that the implementation of the Treaty “would contribute to the development of the nuclear disarmament process and would help to make it multilateral in the future”.
As the Chairman of the State
Duma Viacheslav Volodin
Vyacheslav Victorovich The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the eighth convocation. Elected in single mandate constituency № 163 (Saratov constituency - Saratov Oblast) said, the decision to extend the New START Treaty cannot be overemphasized, as “it is important for the world”.
“The world was on the verge of an arms race. Our President has done his best to ensure that this treaty, the agreement on limitation of strategic offensive arms would be extended,” he said.
“The two largest nuclear powers have made a decision, so we will have a limited number of weapons, a reduction, and a restriction on deployment,” recalled the Chairman of the State Duma.
The bill was unanimously supported by participants of the meeting of the Committee on International Affairs. It was also supported by all the State Duma factions, as they noted the importance of the Treaty for the world.