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Russian President Vladimir Putin has referred to the State Duma the bill on extending the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Control (START-3) for approval.
And the head of the State Duma for International Affairs Leonid Slutsky had previously confirmed the willingness of deputies to consider the bill as soon as it reaches the House.
His counterpart in the Federation Council, Sergey Tsikov, also confirmed the council’s readiness to discuss the bill on Wednesday if necessary.
This comes after Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden agreed on Tuesday, in their first telephone conversation after Biden took office, to extend the treaty, which was due to expire in February.
Last year, Russia held several rounds of consultations on extending the treaty with the administration of former US President Donald Trump, but they did not produce a result, as the US side tried to impose “unacceptable conditions,” according to Moscow.
After the arrival of the new administration to the White House, Washington began talking about the possibility of extending the treaty for 5 years.
Source: Novosti + RT