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    BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday called the Japan-U.S. mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following U.S. criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters over the weekend. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also reasserted China’s claim to a string of tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan. The verbal exchange followed reports that two Chinese coast guard ships on Sunday twice entered Japanese territorial waters surrounding the islands, known by Japan as Senkaku and by China as Diaoyu. Chief Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby on Tuesday said China had “continued to flout international rules” and the U.S. would work with its allies to address such challenges. Wang did not directly address the criticism but said the islands were “China's inherent territory." “The U.S.-Japan security treaty is a product of the Cold War, which should not harm a third...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday called the Japan-U.S. mutual security pact a product of the Cold War following U.S. criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters over the weekend. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also reasserted China’s claim to a string of tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan. The verbal exchange followed reports that two Chinese coast guard ships on Sunday twice entered Japanese territorial waters surrounding the islands, known by Japan as Senkaku and by China as Diaoyu. Chief Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby on Tuesday said China had “continued to flout international rules” and the U.S. would work with its allies to address such challenges. Wang did not directly address the criticism but said the islands were “China’s inherent territory.” “The U.S.-Japan security treaty is a product of the Cold War, which should...
    (Reuters) - European Council President Charles Michel said late on Monday that he welcomed the support of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work together on a pandemic treaty. "I welcome the support of Boris Johnson to work together on a pandemic treaty in order to improve global preparedness, resilience and recovery", Michel said in a tweet. Johnson said earlier he would be keen to agree a global treaty on pandemics where countries agreed to share data, amid British and U.S. concern over access given to a World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, Editing by William Maclean) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, infectious diseases, vaccines, public health, coronavirus, European Union, United Kingdom, Europe, World Health Organization
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that world powers should clinch a global treaty on pandemics to ensure proper transparency after the novel coronavirus outbreak which originated in China. Asked by Reuters who he held responsible for what Britain says is a lack of transparency on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson said: "I think its fairly obvious that most of the evidence seems to point to the disease having originated in Wuhan." "Therefore we all need to see as much as we possibly can about how that might have happened, the zoonotic questions that people are asking. I think we need as much data as possible," he said. "I think what the world needs to see is a general agreement on how we track data surrounding zoonotic pandemics," he said. "We want a general agreement on transparency. I think one of the attractive...
    Unrestricted access by UN inspectors to Iranian nuclear facilities is part of the Vienna agreement reached in 2015 to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb, but allow it to use nuclear power for any purpose. civilians. “If the nuclear deal is not implemented in accordance with the treaty by the end of February, we will be forced to suspend the application of the IAEA additional protocol,” the spokesperson said. Since the United States’ withdrawal from this treaty in 2018, Iran has ignored a growing number of its commitments. In particular, the country has launched a uranium enrichment program, has started producing it in metallic form, operates faster centrifuges and is storing far more uranium than agreed in the agreement. Iranian intelligence chief Mahmoud Alavi, in a recent television interview, hinted at the possible construction of an atomic bomb if the “crippling” US sanctions were not...
    C-Fam. Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.– Pro-abortion leaders are calling on the incoming Biden administration to push for ratification of the UN treaty on women’s rights. They admit that the tough-law treaty requires the right to abortion and accuse the United States of being a “bad actor” on human rights. In addition, they say that the United States requires the supervision of international organizations to do better. Last week, leaders from the Global Justice Center, Ipas and CHANGE held an event discussing feminist priorities on “sexual and reproductive health and rights” for the Biden administration. Abortion was the predominant topic of discussion and participants called for the removal of pro-life laws and policies, including the Helms Amendment and the Mexico City Policy. Akila Radhakrishnan, president of the Global Justice Center, said that the United States’ adherence to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was an...
    Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. (C-Fam) .- A recent publication by the United Nations Population Fund illustrates several troubling trends at the United Nations: the constant push to hint at a human right to abortion, the glut of special experts on the human rights system, and the trend of one language and the problematic ideas to migrate from one organism to another. In December, UNFPA published a guidance document on how to apply a human rights-based approach to its work in family planning and maternal health. The original mandate of UNFPA was established in 1994 by the International Conference on Population and Development. But the new report argues that various United Nations bodies have discovered new “human rights.” For example, in 2016 the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued “General Comment 22” that UNFPA says it details the obligations to guarantee the right to abortion. This observation, as...
    Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical SocietyOjibwe family, c.1860.The Treaty of Washington (1855) is a milestone in the history of Ojibwe people in Minnesota. The agreement ceded a large portion of Ojibwe land to the U.S. government and created the Leech Lake and Mille Lacs reservations. The U.S. government acquired most Ojibwe land in eastern Minnesota in the Treaties of St. Peters (1837) and La Pointe (1854). In early 1855, it began planning a new treaty to buy most of the remaining Ojibwe land in the territory’s north-central woods. Traders like Henry Rice supported a new treaty because it would help pay off the debts they claimed the Ojibwe owed. Rice had invested in the lumber industry and stood to profit from logging on Ojibwe land. He claimed, however, that the treaty would mostly benefit the Ojibwe. According to Rice, they were “starving” as hunters and gatherers and needed government aid...
    ZURICH (Reuters) - The European Union will not reopen parts of a stalled bilateral treaty with Switzerland, the EU ambassador to the Alpine republic said in an interview with newspaper Blick, taking a hard line on Swiss misgivings over talks that have lasted years. "What we won't do is reopen the controversial dossiers," Petros Mavromichalis told the Swiss newspaper. "The negotiations are done." Switzerland has said in the past it seeks clarifications on issues including state aid, EU citizens' access to Swiss welfare benefits and unilateral Swiss rules designed to protect the country's high-wage labour market from competition from cross-border workers. Mavromichalis said Swiss demands including requiring companies from the European Union to register their intent to work in Switzerland eight days in advance are unacceptable, saying a four-day registration rule is sufficient. "Four days are long enough," he said, adding that a requirement that EU companies also pay a...
    GENEVA - The United States and Russia have agreed that their five-year extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, will enhance national and international security. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles each side can maintain.  In separate speeches to the U.N. Conference on Disarmament, U.S. and Russian permanent representatives to the conference expressed their satisfaction with the START agreement their countries completed on Tuesday.  FILE - U.S. disarmament ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood speaks at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 19, 2018.U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood said Washington believes the New START treaty is in the national security interests of the United States, its allies and the global community. He noted the United States and Russia have been in compliance with the treaty’s obligations since it took effect in 2011. He said he looked forward to...
    GENEVA - The United States and Russia have agreed that their five-year extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, will enhance national and international security. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles each side can maintain.  In separate speeches to the U.N. Conference on Disarmament, U.S. and Russian permanent representatives to the conference expressed their satisfaction with the START agreement their countries completed on Tuesday.  FILE - U.S. disarmament ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood speaks at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 19, 2018.U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood said Washington believes the New START treaty is in the national security interests of the United States, its allies and the global community. He noted the United States and Russia have been in compliance with the treaty’s obligations since it took effect in 2011. He said he looked forward to...
    Reuters February 4, 2021 0 Comments The Biden administration views the New Start Treaty clinched with Russia this week as the beginning of engagement on strategic issues including multilateral arms control, a U.S. envoy said on Thursday. Robert Wood, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, called in a speech to the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament for a new arms control drive that “covers more weapons, and eventually more countries”. “The United States will also seek to engage China on nuclear arms control and risk reduction. I hope that China will join us in that effort,” said Wood, who also serves as U.S. Commissioner for the New START Treaty’s Bilateral Consultative Commission. The United States and Russia announced on Wednesday they had extended the New START arms control treaty for five years, preserving the last treaty limiting deployments of the world’s two largest strategic nuclear arsenals. Russian Ambassador...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said he invited President Joe Biden to visit in September during a “very warm and engaging” phone call between the two leaders on Thursday. “He sees the Australia-U.S. relationship as providing the anchor for peace and security in our region,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “And that is true. We share that view. In terms of our relations between Australia and the United States, there’s nothing to fix there, only things to build on.” The White House later said Biden described Australia as an anchor of stability in the “Indo-Pacific and the world.” “They also agreed to work together, alongside other allies and partners, to hold to account those responsible for the coup in Burma,” the White House statement said, referring to the country also known as Myanmar. “The leaders affirmed their commitment to working together to advance our shared values, global security...
    President Joe Biden (L) and President Vladimir Putin.Getty Images WASHINGTON –The Biden administration has extended a crucial nuclear weapons treaty with Russia for five more years, America's top diplomat announced Wednesday. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, was set to expire this week. The agreement is the sole arms control treaty in place between Washington and Moscow following former President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty. "President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. "Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation for five years." Similar to the INF treaty, New START limits the nuclear arsenals of Washington and Moscow. The United States and Russia own the...
    President Biden agreed to extend an expiring nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, ending a standoff under former President Donald Trump that threatened to sink the pact as the Kremlin resisted U.S. efforts to add restrictions to the Russian arsenal. “Especially during times of tension, verifiable limits on Russia’s intercontinental-range nuclear weapons are vitally important,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a Wednesday announcement. The five-year extension of the New START treaty stems a cascade of jettisoned arms control agreements between the former Cold War rivals, which U.S. officials blamed on Russian violations. Yet the deal is a bitter pill for conservative arms control experts who worked under departed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as they had pressured Russian President Vladimir Putin to expand the expiring treaty to cover other ominous developments in Russia’s nuclear strategy. “The United States will use the time provided by...
    More On: nuclear weapons Big Tech’s war on indie news and other commentary Putin extends US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty after Biden call Apocalypse soon? Doomsday Clock has bad news for humanity Russia agrees to extend nuke pact with US for 5 years The US approved a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control treaty just days before it was to expire, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty limits the number of nuclear warheads, missiles and bombers that the US and Russia can deploy.  It was set to expire on Friday. “Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable limits on Russian ICBMs, SLBMs, and heavy bombers until February 5, 2026,” Blinken said in a statement. “The New START Treaty’s verification regime enables us to monitor Russian compliance with the treaty and provides us with greater insight into Russia’s nuclear posture, including...
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press The United States joined Russia on Wednesday in extending the two countries' last remaining treaty limiting their stockpiles of nuclear weapons, two days before the pact was set to expire. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement the U.S. would use the five years of the New START treaty's renewal to pursue limits on all of Russia's nuclear weapons. That's after the Trump administration pulled out of two other such deals, as part of a broad withdrawal from international accords. The countries last week announced plans to extend the agreement, even as the Biden administration has stepped up criticism of Russia over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, its involvement in a massive hack and other issues. “Especially during times of tension, verifiable limits on Russia’s intercontinental-range nuclear weapons are vitally important. Extending the New START Treaty makes the United States, U.S....
    The United States joined Russia on Wednesday in extending the two countries’ last remaining treaty limiting their stockpiles of nuclear weapons, two days before the pact was set to expire. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement the U.S. would use the five years of the New START treaty’s renewal to pursue limits on all of Russia’s nuclear weapons. That’s after the Trump administration pulled out of two other such deals, as part of a broad withdrawal from international accords. The countries last week announced plans to extend the agreement, even as the Biden administration has stepped up criticism of Russia over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, its involvement in a massive hack and other issues. “Especially during times of tension, verifiable limits on Russia’s intercontinental-range nuclear weapons are vitally important. Extending the New START Treaty makes the United States, U.S. allies and partners, and the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday extended the New START arms control treaty with Russia for five years, ensuring verifiable limits on Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. President Joe Biden's administration said it would seek the extension shortly after Biden took office last month. The treaty, which is due to expire on Feb. 5, limits the United States and Russia to deploying no more than 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads each. It is the last major pact of its kind between Russia and the United States. "Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable limits on Russian ICBMs, SLBMs, and heavy bombers until February 5, 2026," Blinken said in a statement. In addition to restricting the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons to its lowest level in decades, New START also limits the land- and submarine-based missiles and bombers that deliver them. The treaty’s lapse...
    The U.S. has officially signed a five-year extension of the New START nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday morning. “President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation,” Blinken wrote in a statement. “Extending the New START Treaty ensures we have verifiable limits on Russian ICBMs, SLBMs, and heavy bombers until February 5, 2026. The New START Treaty’s verification regime enables us to monitor Russian compliance with the treaty and provides us with greater insight into Russia’s nuclear posture, including through data exchanges and onsite inspections that allow U.S. inspectors to have eyes on Russian nuclear forces and facilities.” WILMINGTON, DE – NOVEMBER 24:  Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken removes his face mask due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic before speaking after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden as he introduces...
    (CNN)The United States has extended a key nuclear arms control treaty with Russia for five years, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday."Extending the New START Treaty makes the United States, U.S. allies and partners, and the world safer. An unconstrained nuclear competition would endanger us all," Blinken said.The treaty -- the only one left regulating the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world -- was set to expire on February 5. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law extending the treaty for five years on Friday.In a statement, Blinken said the extension of the New START Treaty allows for verifiable limits on Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine launched ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers until February 5, 2026 and the treaty's "verification regime enables us to monitor Russian compliance with the treaty and provides us with greater insight into Russia's nuclear posture, including through data exchanges and onsite inspections that...
    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with Lynn Rusten, vice president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and leader of the Global Nuclear Policy Program, about the state of nuclear proliferation in the world. Rusten warns that experts aren't focused on the existential threat of nuclear weapons, weighs in on current nuclear treaties and argues that beginning to repair alliances would be a good place to start.  Listen to this show on ART19 Leaders aren't focused on nuclear weapons threat: "We are closer to the potential use of a nuclear weapon than we've been since the Cold War. Part of that is because the relations between the nuclear powers, between us and Russia, us and China, are declining and the risk of conflict is growing. At the same time, there's an unprecedented complacency about this. People just aren't focused, including leaders, sufficiently on the risks of these...
    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia may consider returning to an international pact allowing surveillance flights over military facilities if the United States reverses its exit, the top Russian diplomat said Tuesday. Moscow announced last month that it would leave the Open Skies Treaty following the U.S. departure from the pact last year, adding that Russian proposals to keep the treaty alive after the U.S. withdrawal have been given the cold shoulder by Washington’s allies. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after Tuesday's talks in Moscow with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, the current chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, that Moscow could still mull the return. “If the United States fully returns to observing the treaty, the Russian Federation would be ready to constructively consider that new situation,” Lavrov said. He noted that while Russia has declared its intention to quit, it...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed an extension of the US-Russia New START nuclear arms control treaty. The move, confirmed by the Kremlin, was expected after legislation authorizing renewal unanimously passed the Russian parliament. Putin signed the bill just days after speaking with President Biden about a range of contentious issues, including Russia’s alleged offering of bounties to the Taliban for killing US troops and alleged hacking of US government websites. The treaty is the lone major arms control deal between the US and Russia. It limits each country to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed nuclear missiles and bombers. The extension will last five years and does not require action by the US Congress. Former President Donald Trump in 2018 announced he would withdraw the US from a different arms control treaty with Russia restricting the deployment of intermediate-range missiles in Europe. Trump repeatedly...
    More On: vladimir putin Hero-less city by the bay and other commentary Moscow police arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s brother Russia agrees to extend nuke pact with US for 5 years Biden called Putin to discuss his ‘malign actions,’ Navalny, Psaki says Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed an extension of the US-Russia New START nuclear arms control treaty. The move, confirmed by the Kremlin, was expected after legislation authorizing renewal unanimously passed the Russian parliament. Putin signed the bill just days after speaking with President Biden about a range of contentious issues, including Russia’s alleged offering of bounties to the Taliban for killing US troops and alleged hacking of US government websites. The treaty is the lone major arms control deal between the US and Russia. It limits each country to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed nuclear missiles and bombers. The extension will last...
    Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Friday ratifying the extension of New START, a key arms control treaty with the United States, a week before it was due to expire, the Kremlin said in a statement.The nuclear arms control agreement has been extended for five years until February 5, 2026, the Kremlin said. It is the last major pact of its kind between Russia and the US after the US pulled out of a separate nuclear arms control agreement with Russia, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), under the Trump administration in 2019.Putin and US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone on Tuesday expressing "satisfaction" over the exchange of diplomatic notes between both countries on extending the treaty. The Russian Parliament voted to ratify the five-year extension on Wednesday.The landmark treaty was first signed for a period of 10 years by former US President Barack Obama...
    Russias Putin signs law extending New START treaty by five years -Kremlin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill extending the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States a week before the pact was set to expire. Both houses of the Russian parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years. Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden had discussed the nuclear accord a day earlier, and the Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days. New START expires February 5. The pact's extension doesn't require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers had to ratify the move. Russian diplomats said the extension would be validated by exchanging diplomatic notes once all the procedures were completed. The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill to extend a key nuclear pact with the United States that is set to expire in days. Putin signed the New START bill on Friday after it unanimously passed through both chambers of the Russian parliament. While the legislature is required to greenlight the treaty in Russia, Congress does not have to do the same in the U.S. The bill agrees to extend the 2010 deal for an additional five years. President Biden announced his support for extending New START during a Tuesday phone call with the Russian leader. The agreement, set to expire on Feb. 5, is the last remaining treaty between the two countries that limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and deployed strategic delivery systems. New START limits each of the world powers to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, with...
    The Guardian Crochet artist turns viral Bernie Sanders image into a doll that sells for $20,000 ‘I really hope he thinks this is something cool,’ said Tobey King, who made the doll and plans to donate the proceeds to charity The crochet Bernie Sanders doll made by Tobey King, of Corpus Christi, Texas. Photograph: Billy Calzada/AP Bernie Sanders is widely beloved for his crotchety public demeanour, making it fitting that a crocheted doll of the 79-year-old Vermont senator – wearing chunky mittens and hunched cross-legged against the cold at Joe Biden’s inauguration last week – added no less than $20,300 to charitable efforts featuring the much-memed image. Sanders said merchandise featuring the image had raised nearly $2m for charities including Meals on Wheels, which brings food to isolated older people. Last week, the picture of the be-mittened and socially distanced senator rippled across the internet. Users were gleefully “placing” the...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin signed a bill extending the New START nuclear treaty with the United States. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia hopes the success of extending the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty will give a new boost to re-starting a strategic dialogue between Moscow and the Biden administration, Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Wednesday. Dmitry Polyansky told a press briefing that “there are a lot of security and strategic issues on the table,” including arms control, which require “a serious, in-depth dialogue, on equal footing.” He said Russia is “cautiously optimistic” about Tuesday’s first phone call between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden and their agreement to work together to extend the New START nuclear weapons treaty for five years. Russia’s parliament ratified the treaty Wednesday and Polyansky expressed hope the Americans will not miss the Feb. 5 deadline. “We, of course, will be judging the new administration and its attitude towards Russia by actions,” he said. “So far, the first action that...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia hopes the success of extending the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control treaty will give a new boost to re-starting a strategic dialogue between Moscow and the Biden administration, Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Wednesday. Dmitry Polyansky told a press briefing that “there are a lot of security and strategic issues on the table,” including arms control, which require “a serious, in-depth dialogue, on equal footing.” He said Russia is “cautiously optimistic” about Tuesday’s first phone call between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden and their agreement to work together to extend the New START nuclear weapons treaty for five years. Russia’s parliament ratified the treaty Wednesday and Polyansky expressed hope the Americans will not miss the Feb. 5 deadline. “We, of course, will be judging the new administration and its attitude towards Russia by actions,” he said. “So far, the first action that...
    The lower house of the Russian parliament ratified a five-year extension of the New START arms control treaty Wednesday, locking in an extremely generous offer President Joe Biden made with remarkable haste to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Biden’s political party previously regarded as the primary global villain of the century. Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump, was skeptical of the New START treaty and pushed for significant concessions from the Russians, or better yet a new trilateral agreement that would include China. The Russians proposed a one-year extension of New START, which was due to expire in February 2021, but Biden surprised them by offering five. Deutsche Welle reported Tuesday that Biden gave Putin his big win on arms control during their first official telephone conversation: The United States and Russia had “agreed in principle” to extend the arms treaty by five years following a phone call between US...
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    Russian parliament quickly passed a five-year extension to the final nuclear U.S.-Russia arms control treaty Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Russian parliament OKs New START nuclear treaty extension (from @AP) https://t.co/QWk7FSfs7Z — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 27, 2021 Both lower and upper houses of the Russian parliament unanimously voted to approve a bill that would extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the Associated Press reported. This agreement came one day after a phone call between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin is expected to sign the bill into law, according to the Associated Press. The New START treaty was signed under the Obama administration in 2010. It ensures neither country deploys more than 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 missiles and bombers. The New START treaty expires Feb. 5. During their phone call, Biden also reportedly pressed Putin on the alleged Russian cyberattack on...
    Moscow — Russia's parliament ploughed ahead on Wednesday to ratify a bill extending the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the United States after the first phone call between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin announced on Tuesday that Russia and the U.S. had struck a deal to extend the treaty — the last arms control pact between the world's two biggest nuclear powers — which is set to expire on February 5. Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia in a March 10, 2011, file photo. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP But Russia's eager declaration that an agreement had been reached "on our terms" appeared to get slightly out ahead of the Biden administration's assessment of circumstances. The White House did not immediately react to the vote in the Russian parliament. A readout of the Biden-Putin phone call provided by...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russian parliament on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear arms control pact days before it’s due to expire. The State Duma voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years. The vote came a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they voiced satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes about extending the New START treaty. They agreed to complete the necessary procedures in the next few days, according to the Kremlin. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move. Top members of the upper house, the Federation Council, said it was set to quickly follow suit and endorse the extension later Wednesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told lawmakers that the extension will be validated by exchanging...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian parliament’s lower house approves extension of New START nuclear treaty with US. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and the United States traded documents Tuesday to extend their last remaining nuclear arms control treaty days before it is due to expire, the Kremlin said. A Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said the two leaders voiced satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes about extending the New START treaty. “In the nearest days, the parties will complete the necessary procedures that will ensure further functioning of this important international legal nuclear arms control tool,” the Kremlin said. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move. Top members of the Kremlin-controlled parliament said they would fast-track the issue and complete the necessary steps to extend the treaty this week. New START expires on Feb. 5. After taking office last week, Biden proposed extending the treaty for...
    President Biden called Russia President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, to address a wide range of topics on national security, including the renewal of a nuclear arms treaty, bounties placed on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and interference in the 2020 election. Biden’s first step at rebuilding diplomacy with one of the U.S.’s chief adversaries, was to get the U.S. and Russia back at the table and agree to a five-year extension to their only remaining nuclear arms treaty. MCFARLAND: IRAN HAS 'NO LEVERAGE LEFT' TO PRESSURE US TO REJOIN 2015 NUCLEAR DEAL The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, was jeopardized last year when the Trump administration initally said they would not agree to renew the treaty set to expire in February, unless China was brought into the agreement – a move that China flatly rejected. President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the original 1987 nuclear arms treaty with Russia...
    Reuters January 26, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for the first time since taking office and raised concerns about Russian activities including the treatment of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the White House said. A White House statement said the two leaders agreed to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension of the New START arms control treaty between the United States and Russia by Feb. 5, when the current pact expires. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the phone call between the two leaders at her daily briefing. It came as Biden adjusts U.S. policy in a more robust way toward Russia after his predecessor, Donald Trump refused to take on Putin directly. At the same time, Biden sought to repair the strained alliance between the United States and Europe by stressing in a phone call...
    By Jonathan Lemire and Matthew Lee | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden had his first call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the White House and Kremlin said. U.S. officials said Biden raised concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while pressing the Russian president on his nation’s involvement in a massive cyberespionage campaign and bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. On a positive note, the two presidents agreed to have their teams work urgently to complete an extension of New START, the last remaining U.S.-Russian arms control treaty, before it expires next month. “In the nearest days, the parties will complete the necessary procedures that will ensure further functioning” of the pact, the Kremlin said in its readout of the call. Biden has looked to establish a break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump. But the new president also...
    Washington — President Joe Biden had his first call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, in which he raised concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while pressing the Russian president on his nation's involvement in a massive cyberespionage campaign and bounties on American troops in Afghanistan, the White House said. At a briefing at the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr. Biden had planned to raise the issues in his first call with the Russian leader. "He called President Putin this afternoon with the intention of discussing our willingness to extend New START for five years," Psaki said, referring to an arms control treaty that expires early next month. Psaki said Mr. Biden planned to express "strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression." Psaki, who said the call was scheduled to take place during the briefing, said the president planned...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russia, US exchange documents to extend the New START nuclear treaty. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday that Moscow and Washington were making quick progress to negotiate an extension of their last remaining nuclear arms control treaty. Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a five-year extension of the New START treaty that is set to expire on Feb. 5, and the Kremlin quickly welcomed the offer. Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador at the international organizations in Vienna, said that Russia and the U.S. “are making remarkable and speedy progress” on the pact’s extension. “There are reasons to expect that the relevant agreement can become a reality very soon,” he tweeted. The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages sweeping on-site inspections to verify compliance. Biden indicated during the campaign that...
    House Armed Services Committee member Tom Cotton, R-Ark., ripped President Biden's proposal to unconditionally extend the last remaining nuclear arms treaty between Moscow and Washington. Cotton told "Special Report" on Monday that it was the height of irony for the leader of a party that repeatedly blasted President Trump for his supposed weakness and affection for the Kremlin to give the Russians such a blanket approval. Cotton previously said Biden is essentially giving a gift to President Vladimir Putin by proposing such an uncritical approval after "4 years of unfounded hysterical facts on President Trump and chest-thumping about Russia." "[T]he number one priority for Vladimir Putin was an unconditional extension of the new START Treaty because that treaty favors Russia," Cotton said Monday on Fox News. "It does not cover the vast arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons that Russia has or some of its novel delivery systems like undersea delivery systems or nuclear-powered cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles -- that's why Vladimir Putin...
    VIDEO3:3803:38U.S. looks to extend START treaty by 5 yearsThe News with Shepard Smith The Biden administration has pushed to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, with Russia for five years, which is set to expire on Feb. 5. The nuclear agreement regulates and limits how many nuclear weapons each country can have. Russian officials on Friday said they welcome the news.  Michael McFaul told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that the expiration of New START with Russia would make the U.S. "worse off."  "We would lose our verification ability to look inside and look at Russia's nuclear arsenal," said McFaul, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. "Remember Ronald Reagan used to say, 'Trust but verify?' I say don't trust, only verify, and the New START treaty allows us to do this. I think it is the right decision by the...
    NASA's experimental X-43A scramjet was not a missile, but its Mach 7 flight in 2004 certainly inspired missile designers. Over the last four years, Donald Trump did everything possible to help the world unravel. Sometimes that meant withdrawing from organizations like the World Health Organization, or dropping out of the Paris agreement. It also meant flat-out breaking trade agreements or even the six-party nuclear agreement on Iran. Trump has also moved to simply allow existing treaties to expire, including major arms agreements that have (had) existed for decades. Now there’s just one major treaty remaining that places limits on the nuclear stockpiles of the two nations that control most of the world’s nuclear weapons: The START Treaty between the United States and Russia. As The Washington Post reports, that treaty is set to expire on Feb 5. There’s no doubt that, had Trump remained in office, the treaty would have...
    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., ripped the Biden administration Friday for its proposed extension of the sole remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia, telling "The Story" it places national security at risk. The White House announced Thursday that Biden has proposed a five-year extension of the New START treaty to Russia, which the Kremlin welcomes. "This is a very bad decision," Cotton told host Martha MacCallum. "It puts America's national security at risk. The new START treaty is a one-sided treaty that favors Russia." RUSSIA WELCOMES BIDEN'S PROPOSAL TO EXTEND NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL TREATY The Trump administration had waited until last year to begin talks on prolonging the pact, and included a list of demands Russia would not meet. "After four years of the Democrats beating their chests about Russia and continuing on and on about the Russia collusion hoax, they've now gone back to their old, weak, dovish ways of appeasing Russia," Cotton said. "We are at...
    The Kremlin is welcoming news that President Biden will seek an extension for the New START nuclear treaty but is awaiting details about the proposal. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Thursday that the United States intends to seek a five-year extension of New START, which is the last remaining bilateral treaty with Russia that limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and deployed strategic delivery systems. “We can only welcome political will to extend the document,” said Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov during a Friday conference call. “But all will depend on the details of the proposal.” Prior to Biden’s inauguration, the Trump administration had tried fruitlessly to extend the deal by adding increased demands, including initially trying to get China to be party to the treaty. After Beijing rejected the overture, Trump pushed for a one-year extension with increased limitations on tactical...
    United Nations —The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is now part of international law, culminating a decades-long campaign aimed at preventing a repetition of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. But getting all nations to ratify the treaty requiring them to never own such weapons seems daunting, if not impossible, in the current global climate. When the treaty was approved by the U.N. General Assembly in July 2017, more than 120 approved it. But none of the nine countries known or believed to possess nuclear weapons — the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel — supported it and neither did the...
    By Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia stands for extending the pact and is waiting to see the details of the U.S. proposal. The White House said Thursday that Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty. “We can only welcome political will to extend the document,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters. “But all will depend on the details of the proposal.” The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages sweeping on-site inspections...
    United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement welcomed the entry into force Friday of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the first nuclear disarmament instrument in more than two decades. The Treaty, endorsed by 51 states, mandates assistance, such as medical care, rehabilitation and psychological support to all victims under their jurisdiction.  It also obliges them to clear areas known to be contaminated by nuclear use or testing. “The survivors of nuclear explosions and nuclear tests offered tragic testimonies and were a moral force behind the Treaty,” Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for Guterres said in a statement. Nuclear disarmament remains the highest priority of the U.N., the statement said, adding that countries around the world must take urgent action for the elimination of such weapons and prevent the human and environmental catastrophes the use of them would cause. The Secretary-General...
    The White House said on Thursday that President Joe Biden will offer a five-year extension of New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) to Russia, an offer far more generous than the Russians were expecting. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a one-year extension of New START in October. Without an extension, the New START treaty, which was signed in 2010, is due to expire in February 2021. Negotiations for an extension have been underway for much of the past year. The Trump administration accused Russia of violating the treaty, citing various Russian boasts about deploying weapons and installing upgrades that were prohibited under the agreement. However, the 2020 State Department report to Congress on New START said that both the U.S. and Russia were substantially in compliance with the “central limits” of the agreement. Former President Donald Trump expressed a strong preference for expanding New START to include China as well...
     Russia welcomed Friday the Biden administration’s announcement Thursday it is seeking a five-year extension of the New START arms control treaty, set to expire February 5, with the Kremlin saying it is waiting to see the details. Biden National Security Team Moves into Place Senate slated to hold confirmation hearing on Biden’s choice for defense secretary Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia “can only welcome political will to extend the document,” adding, “But all will depend on the details of the proposal.” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement supporting the administration move.   The New START Treaty, Menendez said, “is critical for U.S. national security. It constrains Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, provides strong and detailed verification measures to ensure Russia adheres to its commitments, and ensures the United States has the flexibility it needs to maintain a safe, secure, modern, and effective nuclear deterrent.” Menendez, stated however, that the administration “must...
    NEWCASTLE fans are daring to dream again as it emerged the piracy row that wrecked a £340million Saudi Arabian takeover of their club looks set to end. With little to shout about on the pitch, the Toon Army is pinning its hopes on seeing the back of hated owner Mike Ashley through events taking place thousands of miles away. 4Newcastle's takeover could be back on following a peace treaty between Saudi Arabia and QatarCredit: AFP and licensors 4Newcastle were set to be taken over in a Saudi-backed £340m deal last yearCredit: Reuters If, as expected, a peace deal between Saudi Arabia and Qatar earlier this month brings an end to the piracy this could pave the way for the deal to go through – if the Saudis are still interested. It’s been a year since news first broke about the proposed buyout. The Wall Street Journal story sent Newcastle fans...
    The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia stands for extending the pact and is waiting to see the details of the U.S. proposal. The White House said Thursday that Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty. BIDEN PROPOSES EXTENDING NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY WITH RUSSIA FOR 5 YEARS "We can only welcome political will to extend the document," Peskov said in a conference call with reporters. "But all will depend on the details of the proposal." The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, and envisages...
     Russia welcomed Friday the Biden administration’s announcement Thursday it is seeking a five-year extension of the New START arms control treaty, set to expire February 5, with the Kremlin saying it is waiting to see the details. Key Members of Biden National Security Team Moving into Place Senate slated to hold confirmation hearing on Biden’s choice for defense secretary Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia “can only welcome political will to extend the document,” adding, “But all will depend on the details of the proposal.” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement supporting the administration move.   The New START Treaty, Menendez said, “is critical for U.S. national security. It constrains Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, provides strong and detailed verification measures to ensure Russia adheres to its commitments, and ensures the United States has the flexibility it needs to maintain a safe, secure, modern, and effective nuclear deterrent.” Menendez, stated...
    January 22, 2021 9:00 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Russia welcomed the willingness of the president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, to extend for 5 years the New Start treaty, the only nuclear disarmament treaty still in force between the two countries and that expires on February 5. “Without a doubt, we can only salute the political will to prolong this document. But it all depends on the details of this proposal, which I am not yet ready to comment on. “This was stated in his daily press conference by the spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov. He added that Moscow does not know at the moment “about what specifically does the American side want to talk about“In addition, he stressed that the Russian position is clear in favor of the unconditional extension of the New Start. “Until now, certain conditions had been presented...
    Reuters January 22, 2021 0 Comments The Kremlin said on Friday it welcomed the stated intention of U.S. President Joe Biden to extend the New START arms control treaty with Russia, but said that Moscow wanted to see concrete proposals from Washington. The White House said on Thursday that Biden would seek a five-year extension of the arms control treaty that is due to expire in early February, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was important to see the detail of the U.S. proposal. The Trump administration had sought to attach conditions to any renewal, something Moscow rejected. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)
    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement welcomed the entry into force Friday of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the first nuclear disarmament instrument in more than two decades. The treaty, endorsed by 51 states, mandates assistance, such as medical care, rehabilitation and psychological support to all victims under their jurisdiction. It also obliges them to clear areas known to be contaminated by nuclear use or testing. “The survivors of nuclear explosions and nuclear tests offered tragic testimonies and were a moral force behind the treaty,” Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Guterres, said in a statement. Nuclear disarmament remains the highest priority of the U.N., the statement said, adding that countries around the world must take urgent action for the elimination of such weapons and prevent the human and environmental catastrophes the use of them would cause. The secretary-general is...
    Russian welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty
    MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin welcomes US proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms treaty between the two countries. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Joe Biden government is proposing to Russia to extend the New START treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons of both countries for five years, a US official reported Thursday. The proposal was being transmitted to Russian officials, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as it was a matter not yet officially announced by the government. Another official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the proposal, but did not elaborate. The Washington Post was the first to break the news. National security adviser Jake Sullivan planned to communicate the proposal to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, in the next few hours, the official said. The move, a sign of Biden’s intention to pursue gun control, will almost certainly be welcomed by both Russia and America’s allies. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the two countries to extend...
    President Joe Biden has proposed extending a nuclear arms treaty with Russia before it expires next month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a Thursday press conference. Russia has said for some time that it would welcome an extension of the New START treaty, which limits the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons. The Trump administration made a late bid to extend the treaty, but its conditions were rejected by Russia. President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.  (AP) Psaki noted that a five-year extension is permitted by the treaty and it "makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is adversarial as it is at this time." She called the treaty "an anchor of strategic stability between our two...
    The Joe Biden government is proposing to Russia to extend the New START treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons of both countries for five years, a US official reported Thursday. | 01/21/2021 | ionicons-v5-c20: 18 | Agencies | The proposal was being transmitted to Russian officials, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as it was a matter not yet officially announced by the government. Another official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the proposal, but did not elaborate. The Washington Post was the first to break the news. National security adviser Jake Sullivan planned to communicate the proposal to the Russian ambassador in U.S, Anatoly Antonov, in the next few hours, said the official. The move, a sign of Biden’s intention to pursue gun control, will almost certainly be welcomed by both Russia and Russia’s allies. U.S. NATO Secretary General Jens...
    (CBS4) — On Thursday, Republican U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) introduced a bill to block the Paris Agreement. Boebert called it a “job-killing amendment.” Today, I introduced a bill that blocks all actions and funds for carrying out the Paris Agreement until a treaty is passed by the U.S. Senate. Unilaterally entering the Paris Agreement was wrong in 2016 and its wrong now! More ????https://t.co/k5Xd2d0Wh2 pic.twitter.com/PHXz0Oyvjs — Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 22, 2021 “My bill prohibits Congress from spending a single penny on the Paris Agreement until this treaty is ratified by the United States Senate. Joe Biden took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. If he wants to keep it, he must transmit the job-killing Paris Agreement to the U.S. Senate for ratification,” Boebert stated. “Responsible energy production supports more than 230,000 Colorado jobs. The Paris Agreement puts these jobs at risk and will...
    January 21, 2021 9:23 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. US President Joe Biden proposed to Russia to extend for five years the last disarmament treaty in force between the two nuclear powers, the New Start, which expires on February 5, the White House press spokesperson reported this Thursday, Jen Psaki. “I can confirm that the US will seek a five-year extension,” Psaki told a news conference at the White House. “The president made it clear for a long time that the New Start is in the national interest of the United States. And this extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is antagonistic, as it is at the moment, “Psaki said. In this regard, the spokeswoman explained that, although Biden wants to work with the Kremlin to extend the treaty, Russia must also “hold accountable for its reckless and conflicting actions.” For this reason,...
    Photograph: Al Drago/EPA Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the US, spoke on Thursday of a “liberating feeling” of being able to speak scientific truth about the coronavirus without fear of “repercussions” from Donald Trump. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, endured a tortuous relationship with the former president and was increasingly sidelined from public briefings. But the 80-year-old returned to the White House podium on Thursday after Joe Biden released a national Covid-19 strategy and signed 10 executive orders to combat a pandemic that has now claimed more than 400,000 lives in the US. Related: Coronavirus: Joe Biden signs executive actions aimed at ending pandemic “One of the things that we’re going to do is to be completely transparent, open and honest,” Fauci told reporters. “If things go wrong, not point fingers, but to correct them. And to make everything...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is otherwise set to expire in February, the White House said Thursday. Biden proposed the extension even as he asked the intelligence community to look closely into Russia’s cyberattacks, its alleged interference in the 2020 election and other actions, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. Russia has said for some time that it would welcome an extension of the New START treaty, which limits the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons. The Trump administration made a late bid to extend the treaty, but its conditions were rejected by Russia. U.S. allies, particularly in Europe, are sure to applaud Biden’s proposal, which also provides an early signal of his intent to pursue arms control, Psaki noted that a five-year extension is permitted by the treaty and it “makes even more...
    Reuters January 21, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February. “The President has long been clear that the New START treaty is in the national security interests of the United States. And this extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is adversarial as it is at this time,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing. She also said Biden had “tasked” the U.S. intelligence community for its full assessment of the Solar Winds cyber breach, Russian interference in the 2020 election, Russia’s use of chemical weapons against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and alleged bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. “Even as we...
    US President Joe Biden has proposed to Russia to extend for five years the last disarmament treaty in force between the two nuclear powers, the New Start, which expires on February 5, reported this Thursday the White House press spokeswoman, Jen Psaki. “I can confirm that the United States will seek a five-year extension,” Psaki told a news conference at the White House when asked about an article by The Washington Post, that advanced the news this Thursday. “The President has long made it clear that New Start is in the national interest of the United States. And this extension makes even more sense when the relationship with Russia is antagonistic, as it is right now, “Psaki said. In this regard, the spokeswoman explained that, although Biden wants to work with the Kremlin to extend the treaty, Russia must also “hold accountable for its reckless and conflicting actions.” For this...
    President Biden wants a five-year extension of the New START nuclear weapons treaty with the Kremlin and is asking his spy chief to provide intelligence assessments on Russian meddling in the 2020 election and on other malign actions by Russia around the world. The New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, was signed by former President Barack Obama and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and ratified by the Senate in 2010, placing limits on the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and deployed strategic delivery systems for the two countries. The Trump administration did not reach a deal with Russia on extending the treaty before leaving office. “I can confirm that the United States intends to seek a five-year extension of New START as the treaty permits,” Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said during a Thursday press conference. “The president has long been clear that the New START...
    President Biden’s administration will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Biden's first foreign leader call to be with Canada's Trudeau on Friday Biden moves to halt US exodus from World Health Organization MORE said Thursday. “I can confirm that the United States intends to seek a five-year extension of New START as the treaty permits,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing.  New START, which is due to expire in February, limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads the U.S. and Russia can each have at 1,550 and also puts limits on weapons that can fire warheads. The Trump administration had sought to replace New START with a new nuclear arms treaty that also included China, putting the treaty’s fate in limbo under the...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the Biden administration for seeking a five year extension on the New START Treaty with Russia. New START, a nuclear weapons treaty between the United States and Russia, is set to expire in just 15 days, and The Washington Post reported Thursday that President Joe Biden’s State Department will approach Russia today seeking an extension. “Any time an administration takes action that pleases both Moscow and Beijing, we should take notice,” McCarthy said in a statement to Daily Caller. “The Biden administration’s decision to seek to extend the New START Treaty for 5 years is a mistake that weakens our national security posture and provides few checks on our adversaries.” (RELATED: Kevin McCarthy Says Trump, Not Antifa, ‘Bears Responsibility’ For Riot) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis (2nd L) waves to crowd from the balcony of the US Capitol building, after his address...
    WASHINGTON - The new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is planning to offer Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is set to expire February 5, U.S. officials said Thursday. Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan was set to make the offer to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, on Thursday afternoon, one official said. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks at The Queen theater, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.The move is likely to be welcomed by Moscow and American allies in Europe. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the U.S. and Russia should extend the treaty and broaden it. "We should not end up in a situation with no limitation on nuclear warheads, and New START will expire within days," Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels. "An extension of the New START is not the end, it's the beginning of our...
    By Matthew Lee and Robert Burns | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is proposing to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty limiting the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said Thursday. Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan planned to convey the extension proposal to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, on Thursday afternoon, said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not yet publicly announced by the administration. A second U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the proposal but offered no details. The move, providing an early signal of Biden’s intent to pursue arms control, is almost certain to be welcomed both by Russia and key American allies. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday called on the United States and Russia to extend the treaty and to later broaden it. “We should...
    President Biden’s new spy chief is reportedly preparing a comprehensive intelligence assessment about Russia as his administration plans to renew a key nuclear pact with Moscow. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines is putting together an intelligence assessment about possible Russian interference in the 2020 election, alleged bounties on United States troops in Afghanistan, and the poisoning of Russian dissident leader Alexei Navalny, according to the Washington Post. This report will help guide Biden’s decisions on how to approach the country in the first days of his administration. Haines, who was confirmed by the Senate just hours after Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, will also be providing the new president an intelligence assessment on the massive SolarWinds hack, which breached the U.S. government and thousands of public and private customers late last year. While former President Donald Trump was in office, the FBI, the Office of the Director of...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration will seek a full five-year extension of a key arms control treaty between the US and Russia, according to a US official.The New START Treaty expires in just over two weeks on February 5.CNN previously reported that Biden advisers indicated that the administration would not seek a shorter extension on the landmark deal. President Joe Biden has expressed support for extending the deal with Russia and using it as a foundation to pursue future arms-control arrangements.Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken said during his confirmation hearing Tuesday that President Joe Biden intended to seek an extension of the treaty, but suggested he had not made a decision on the length of that extension.The secretary of state-designate noted that Biden "couldn't really engage" on the issue during the transition because he was "very cognizant of the fact we have one president at a time."Read MoreBlinken told lawmakers that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — US official says Biden administration to seek 5-year extension of nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is proposing to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty limiting the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, a U.S. official said Thursday. The proposal was being communicated to Russian officials, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not yet publicly announced by the administration. The treaty is set to expire in February and is the last remaining agreement constraining U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Kaiser vaccine plan adding to chaos Re. “‘Chaos’ as vaccine promises fall short,” Page A1, Jan. 16 : I am a Kaiser member and strong Kaiser supporter. The mass vaccination of the community for COVID-19 presented an opportunity for Kaiser to shine. When Kaiser finished vaccinating health care workers, I assumed Kaiser would have contacted its members by age group and allowed treating physicians to prioritize vaccinations of their most vulnerable patients. Instead, Kaiser placed the responsibility on patients to call and set their own appointments. Patients age 65 and older have flooded Kaiser’s phone system. As a result, Kaiser has created a competition among members to be vaccinated. Those most elderly and vulnerable to dying if they become infected are losing out. I appreciate Kaiser does not have enough vaccine doses but I am...
    The United States Government expressed its “profound disappointment” at the exoneration of former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, and accused Mexico of violating a treaty by disclosing information that the US Executive had shared with him. In its most extensive reaction to date to the decision of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (FGR) not to prosecute Cienfuegos, the Justice Department also rejected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s accusation that the DEA invented crimes against the general. . “We are deeply disappointed by Mexico’s decision to close its investigation” into Cienfuegos, said a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, who requested anonymity. “The United States Department of Justice is also deeply disappointed by Mexico’s decision to publicize information that was shared with Mexico confidentially,” he added. Publishing that information, the source continued, “violates the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between Mexico and the United States, and calls into question whether the United States...
    Following Trump, Russia to pull out of military fly-over treaty
    Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty signals that the country does not intend to make it easy for the incoming administration of President-elect Joe to reverse President Donald Trump’s rejection of a series of arms-control and military monitoring treaties. (Amr Alfiky/The New York Times) MOSCOW — Russia said Friday that it was pulling out of a decades-old treaty that allowed countries to make military reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory, escalating its growing military competition with the United States and Europe just weeks before the incoming Biden administration will have to negotiate the extension of the central nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries. The decision by President Vladimir Putin to leave the accord, the Open Skies Treaty, matches an action taken by President Donald Trump in May. While the treaty, which dates back to 1992, is of limited use to the United States, which...
    Moscow — Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday that the country was withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, an arms control accord signed by dozens of nations in 1992 that had allowed unarmed surveillance flights over military infrastructure. Russia's announcement followed the United States' exit from the treaty in November, which was sharply criticized by Russian officials. The Trump administration said it pulled out of the international accord over what it said were Moscow's repeated violations of the pact. Russian officials have consistently denied violating the agreement. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday citing a "lack of progress" in efforts to negotiate with other countries to keep the treaty functional following the U.S. withdrawal. "We state with regret that they found no support on the part of the U.S. allies," the ministry said. Putin gets a missile test for his birthday Russia says the U.S. abandoned the treaty under...
    Russia has quit the Open Skies treaty which allows nations to carry out reconnaissance flights to check if their counterparts are preparing for war. Moscow's decision to pull out of the 1992 agreement, observed by 34 states, comes two months after Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the treaty. The Kremlin said Washington's exit 'significantly upended the balance of interests of signatory states,' adding that Moscow's proposals to keep the treaty have been cold-shouldered by America's allies.   A Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter takes off during an air show at the Teknofest festival at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on September 17, 2019 The treaty was intended to build trust between Russia and the West by allowing the accord's more than three dozen signatories to conduct reconnaissance flights over each other's territories to collect information about military forces and activities.  The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is now launching the...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty last year “significantly upended the balance of interests of signatory states,” adding that Moscow’s proposals to keep the treaty alive after the U.S. exit have been cold-shouldered by Washington’s allies. The treaty was intended to build trust between Russia and the West by allowing the accord’s more than three dozen signatories to conduct reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories to collect information about military forces and activities. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is now launching the relevant procedural moves to withdraw from the pact. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announces its withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty following US exit. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has quietly embarked on a campaign to remove any reference to the European Union throughout tens of thousands of Britain’s laws, in what is being described in Whitehall as “Operation Bleach”. In an attempt to cement the effect of Brexit into the laws of the land, civil servants have been ordered to scan through regulations and statutory instruments (SIs) spanning the four decades in which the UK was a member state of the EU. The hope is that by removing any reference to the bloc, it would be more difficult for a future Labour Party government to dismantle Brexit, according to The Telegraph. One source told the paper that officials are “looking at how we can cleanse our legislative framework of references to EU law, any kind of impact of EU law. It is going to be a mammoth task because there are thousands of pieces...