The Kremlin welcomed on Friday the stated intention of US President Joe Biden to extend the New START arms control treaty with Russia, but said that Moscow wanted to see concrete proposals from Washington.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was important to see the detail of the US proposal.
“We can only welcome the political will to extend this document. However, any decision to extend the pact would depend on the details of the proposal from Washington,” the spokesman said.
He noted that Moscow needs more time to study the US administration’s offer.
The White House said on Thursday said that Biden would seek a five-year extension of the arms control treaty that is due to expire in early February, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration.
The accord is the last arms control agreement between the former Cold War rivals but negotiations to extend it had faltered under Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.