|Mr. Biden ordered an extension of the nuclear treaty with Russia, but also triggered a series of investigations accusing Russia of meddling in US affairs.|
Specifically, the investigations will focus on accusations of Russia of meddling in the 2020 election, a massive cyberattack against US government agencies, as well as the poisoning of opposition activists. Alexei Navalny suspects Novichok.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “Even as we work with Russia to advance American interests, we work to hold Russia accountable for reckless and unruly actions. The President is also assigning a mission to the Intelligence Community for a full assessment of SolarWinds’ cyber breaches, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the use of anti-chemical weapons. re-lead the opposition Alexey Navalny and the alleged bonuses to US soldiers in Afghanistan. “
Previously, the new US President Joe Biden proposed a five-year extension to Russia on New START, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the great powers.
This was one of the first major foreign policy decisions made by the Joe Biden administration before the arms control treaty expired on Feb. 5.
New START treaty – limits the United States and Russia to each side from cutting to 1,550 nuclear warheads. The treaty also limits land and submarine missiles and bombers.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters: “The US intends to extend the new START Treaty for another five years. This extension is even more meaningful when the relationship with Russia is the current rival ”.
Meanwhile, on January 20, the Kremlin said Russia was still committed to extending the treaty with the US and would welcome the efforts that the Biden administration has promised to reach an agreement.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “Russia and President Putin support the maintenance of this agreement. If our American colleagues show the political will to uphold this treaty by extending it, we welcome it. ”