Russia said Friday it welcomed a proposal by US President Joe Biden to extend New START, a landmark nuclear arms reduction agreement due to expire next month.
The accord is the last arms control agreement between the former Cold War rivals but negotiations to extend it had faltered under Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.
“We can only welcome the political will to extend this document,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Peskov added however that any decision to extend the pact would depend on “the details of the proposal” from Washington. He said Moscow needed more time to study the US administration’s offer.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday that the US would lobby for a five-year extension to the pact.
She said the extension was needed now more than ever given “adversarial” ties between Russia and the United States.