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President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia in 2010, and it entered into force in 2011. The treaty limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads each country can have, and the number of missiles on which those warheads can be placed. It also allows for critical transparency between the two countries, who together hold more than 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenal.  

Both the United States and Russia are in compliance with this treaty. It expires in February 2021, but can be extended through February 2026.

Council for a Livable World believes that YES, the United States should extend the New START agreement, provided that the Russian Federation remains in compliance with the agreement. Learn more