The US has been notified by Russia of the procedures held to prolong the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), and Washington hopes that this process will be concluded soon, US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan said on Wednesday, APA reports citing TASS.
"Yes," he said, answering a corresponding question.
"We continue to make progress in the steps that are necessary to extend the treaty, which is the intent of both sides. My expectation is that that will be accomplished very soon," he stated.
On January 26, Moscow and Washington exchanged diplomatic notes on an agreement to extend New START. In a telephone conversation on the same day, Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, expressed satisfaction over this fact. Later in the day, the Russian president submitted to the State Duma (lower parliament house) a bill on the ratification of the agreement on five-year extension of New START, until February 5, 2026.