What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump said Nov. 4 that the United States was interested in reaching a new arms control agreement that includes Russia and China, while refusing to comment on potentially extending the New START arms treaty with Russia, Tass reported. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that prolonged U.S. silence on the future of the arms treaty would limit the space for a possible agreement between both sides.
Why It Matters: Trump's comments suggest that it is becoming increasingly likely that the United States and Russia won't extend the New START before it expires in February 2021. The U.S. Senate introduced legislation last week calling for the United States to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, which could set the stage for further breakdowns in arms control agreements in 2020 after the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty earlier this year.
Background: The New START limits the deployments of Russian and U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, deployed warheads and strategic bombers, among others.
- Russia Approaches a Post-INF Arms Race in Europe With Caution (Sept. 2, 2019)
- Russia's New Arms Give the U.S. Room for Pause (Aug. 16, 2019)
- The Sun Sets on an Arms Control Treaty (Aug. 2, 2019)