Russian President Putin on Tuesday submitted a bill to parliament that might extend by five years a key nuclear pact with the us that was set to expire next week.The New START treaty, signed in 2010, caps to 1,550 the amount of nuclear warheads which will be deployed by Moscow and Washington, who control the world's largest nuclear arsenals.
Putin's draft legislation appeared on the lower house State Duma website Tuesday evening."On January 26, 2021, Russia and therefore the us reached an agreement on the extension of the treaty," read an explanatory note attached to the bill, published on the lower house State Duma website.
It said that the 2 sides had "agreed in principle" to increase New START by five years.The state RIA Novosti press agency cited Leonid Slutsky, foreign affairs chief within the lower house, as saying that the State Duma could consider the bill as early as Wednesday.
The legislation was published after Putin and new US President Joe Biden held their first call Tuesday evening.Following the decision , the Kremlin said during a statement that the 2 leaders had "expressed satisfaction" over the extension talks.
It added that "in the approaching days" the 2 sides will "ensure the further functioning of this important international legal mechanism for the mutual limitation of nuclear missile arsenals".