The White House said Thursday that Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty.
“We can only welcome the political will to extend the document,” Peskov said in a conference call with journalists.
“But everything will depend on the details of the proposal.”
Expires on February 5, 2021.
The talks stalled and months of negotiations failed to narrow the differences.
“Certain conditions have been proposed for the extension, and some of them have been absolutely unacceptable to us, so let’s first see what the United States offers,” Peskov said.
Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, also praised Biden’s proposal as an “encouraging step.”
“The extension will give the two parties more time to consider possible additional measures aimed at strengthening strategic stability and global security,” he tweeted.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement that Russia has always asked for the treaty to be maintained and said that Russian diplomats are ready to quickly contact the United States to formalize its five-year extension. ” Without delay”.
Biden indicated during the campaign that he was in favor of the preservation of the New START treaty, which was negotiated during his tenure as vice president of the United States.
Talks about extending the treaty were also clouded by tensions between Russia and the United States, which have been fueled by the Ukraine crisis, Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and other irritating factors.
Despite the proposed extension, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden remains committed to holding Russia “accountable for its reckless and adverse actions.”
Such as his alleged participation in the Solar Winds hacking event, the 2020 election interference, the chemical poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, and widely publicized allegations that Russia may have offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
When asked to comment on Psaki’s statement, Peskov has reaffirmed Russia’s refusal to participate in such activities.
After Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019, New START is the only nuclear arms control agreement left between the two countries.
Arms control advocates have strongly called for the preservation of New START, warning that its expiration would remove any control over US and Russian nuclear forces.
Last week, Russia also declared that it would follow the US to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty by allowing surveillance flights over military installations to help build trust and transparency between Russia and the West.
While Russia has always offered to extend New START for five years, a possibility provided by the pact, Trump claimed it put the United States at a disadvantage and initially insisted that China join the treaty, an idea that Beijing flatly rejected.
Then the Trump administration proposed extending New START for just one year and also sought to expand it to include limits on nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
Moscow has said it remains open to further nuclear weapons talks with the United States to negotiate future limits on possible weapons, but stressed that preserving the New START is essential for global stability.
Russian diplomats have said that Russia’s possible Sarmat heavy ICBM and Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle could be counted alongside other Russian nuclear weapons under the treaty.
The Sarmat is still in development, while the first missile unit armed with Avangard went into operation in December 2019.
The Russian military has said that the Avangard is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound and could perform abrupt maneuvers on its way to a target to avoid missile defense systems.
It has been installed on existing Soviet-built ICBMs instead of older-type warheads, and could in the future be installed on the more powerful Sarmat.