Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) will expire next February unless Moscow and Washington agree an extension. The White House has proposed replacing it with a trilateral, comprehensive treaty drawing in China.
- Russia has indicated it would be open to folding hypersonic and other new weapons into the New START format.
- Moscow's modified nuclear doctrine will probably be read as a veiled threat to Washington and NATO.
- An intermediate-range arms race may already be beginning as US designers test weapons to match Russia's.