The treaty is one of the keystones of nuclear trust and confidence-building, and there is no clear explanation for why the Trump administration believes withdrawal serves U.S. interests.
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Congress has set limits on U.S. withdrawal from a major arms control treaty. But President Trump may not feel that he has to abide by them.
Increased tension between the United States and Russia, coupled with policy uncertainty in Washington, has thrown the nuclear arms agreement’s extension into doubt.
A five-year extension will preserve the treaty's benefits and provide more time for negotiations regarding Russia's new weapons systems.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.
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