The US has rejected Russia’s proposal to extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for one more year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the United States to extend the agreement unconditionally for a year. But the US President’s Office White House has rejected the call.
The agreement was signed during the tenure of former US President Barack Obama. But now the Trump administration is saying that instead of renewing the bilateral agreement, China should be included in the negotiations of the new agreement. Because, Beijing is constantly increasing its nuclear capability. On the other hand, Moscow says that if China is involved in the agreement, the United States, United Kingdom and France’s allied countries should also be included in it.
The current US agreement with Russia is set to expire in February 2021. “We hope that Russia will rethink its position before the costly arms race,” said Robert O’Brien, US National Security Advisor.
Earlier last year, the Trump administration removed the United States from another nuclear disarmament agreement with Russia. Source: Bloomberg, AP