The new START treaty expires in just over two weeks on February 5.
Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken said during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that President Joe Biden intended to seek an extension of the treaty, but hinted that he had not made a decision on the duration of this extension.
The secretary of state-designate noted that Biden “couldn’t really engage” on the issue during the transition because he was “very aware that we have one president at a time.”
Blinken told lawmakers he thinks that “this is something that we’ll come to you pretty much immediately as soon as the president is sworn in, and I know he intends to ask for an extension, and he will have to make a decision as president on how long he would seek. “
The Trump administration has been back and forth with the Russians on the terms of a shorter extension of the long-standing treaty after efforts to create a new trilateral treaty with Russia and China failed.
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