After generations of stability in nuclear arms control, a warning to Russia from President Biden shows how old norms are eroding.
In responses to Moscow’s security demands, the U.S. and NATO rejected a demand that Ukraine never join the alliance but offered more transparency on missile deployments in Eastern Europe.
The 30-year-old agreement was put in place to ensure that Russia and the United States could monitor each other’s military movements.
With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.
The two leaders, who do not have a history of friendliness, spoke just a few weeks before the treaty is set to expire.
There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.
The president-elect also plans to pursue a “follow-on negotiation” with Iran over its missile capabilities if Tehran re-enters compliance with the nuclear deal.
The president-elect will have to assure American national security in ways that will require pushing back on the Kremlin at times and, at others, seeking Russian cooperation.
The importance of vision, expertise, honesty and simple decency in the management of world affairs cannot be overstated.
Fifty countries have now ratified the treaty, so it will become international law. The United States and the eight other nuclear-armed powers reject it but have failed to stop its advance.
America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.
Russia proposed that the two countries make a “political obligation” to freeze their existing arsenals of warheads for one year.
With negotiations for a five-year extension stalled, the Russian president puts pressure on President Trump to salvage an Obama-era accord.
A Pentagon leader argues that as Beijing’s weapons grow in size and sophistication, the U.S. and Russia will have to reassess their own arsenals.
The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat.
Mr. Trump’s decision, the third major retreat from arms control agreements, will be viewed as evidence that he also plans an exit from the last major arms treaty with Russia: New START.