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Italy hails US extension of crucial nuclear arms treaty with Russia

03 febbraio 2021 | 20.17
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Rome, 3 Feb. (AKI)

Italy praised the United States' renewal on Wednesday of the New START Treaty with Russia for another five years, calling the treaty "a key instrument" in nuclear arms control.

"Italy warmly welcomes the agreement reached between the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the New START Treaty – a key instrument in the current arms control regime," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Italy "supports dialogue between the two major nuclear powers on ways to further progress in this field," the foreign ministry statement went on.

The New Start treaty - the only one left that regulates the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world - was set to expire on Friday. Russia's president Vladimir Putin signed a law extending the treaty for five years on Friday.

"Italy remains committed to upholding and strengthening the existing disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation architecture," the foreign ministry statement concluded.

The statement came after US secretary of state Antony Blinken announced the extension of the New START treaty.

The New START Treaty's renewal allows for verifiable limits on Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine launched ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers until February 5, 2026, Blinken stated.

"Extending the New START Treaty makes the United States, US allies and partners, and the world safer. An unconstrained nuclear competition would endanger us all," Blinken said.

But the US remained "clear-eyed" about "the challenges that Russia poses to the United States and the world," Blinken noted, saying it would work with its allies and partners to hold Russia to account.

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