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US proposes START extension until new deal

United States Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, Marshall Billingslea, told Russian newspaper Kommersant on Sunday that Washington is seeking to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) until a new deal between the US and Russia is reached.

"We have proposed a shorter period [than Russia's proposal to extend the START for five years]. We cannot take our foot off the pedal, as they say, so we need to get down to drawing up the next agreement. That's why we are thinking about a shorter time," Billingslea told the paper. Commenting on the next deal, Billingslea said it should also contain a clause regarding China.

New START stands for a nuclear arms reduction agreement between the United States and Russia that is set to expire in February 2021. Under the contract, both the US and Russia should reduce the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 by the end date.

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