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Leonid Slutsky: “Predictable signals are coming from representatives of Biden’s team”

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:

“The predicted signals come from representatives of the Biden team. Jake Sullivan, whom the US president-elect intends to appoint as a security adviser, announced his intention to negotiate an extension of the START Treaty (START III), while repeating the “mantras” about the need to “punish” those responsible for the mythical cyberattacks that continue to be attributed to Russia.

It’s hard to disagree with the first part of his tirade. Indeed, the START-3 treaty needs to be extended, first of all, to ensure that the nuclear deterrent system is not destroyed. The position of Russia is known: we are in favor of its prolongation in principle and are ready to discuss options on terms. But there is practically no time left for this, since START may cease to exist in almost a month – on February 5. Therefore, for its successful extension, the American side must declare its will as soon as possible, ideally right on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Then the chance to save START-3 remains.

The second part of the statement regarding cyber attacks is a sign of the continuity of the anti-Russian course of the Trump and Obama administrations. In addition, Biden was one of those who launched the flywheel to contain Russia. However, attempts to “punish” in the style of yet another highly likely will hardly have any result. It is obvious”.

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