February 04, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden administration's decision to extend the New START treaty with the Russian Federation for five years:
“I’ve long thought the New START Treaty is a bad deal for the U.S., so I’m firmly against the Biden administration’s decision to unconditionally extend the treaty for the full five years. This is a gift Putin doesn’t deserve, and completely contradicts the president’s commitment to ‘get tough’ on Russia. Apparently, Russia wasn’t asked to give up anything for this extension – a missed opportunity to hold it to account for its flagrant violations of the INF Treaty, its development of new and highly destabilizing nuclear capabilities and rampant human rights abuses.
“Worse, while the Biden administration allows our strategic competitors to grow their nuclear arsenals, they refuse to answer how they would strengthen and modernize our own deterrent — instead offering vague promises to ‘review the issue.’ Unilaterally disarming ourselves while not holding our adversaries accountable for their treaty-breaking actions doesn’t seem like ‘getting tough’ — or even all that smart — to me.
“President Biden still has the opportunity to alter course and deal with the reality of Putin’s Russia, but he’s going to have to get much tougher than we’ve seen so far.”