The U.S and Russia are close to reaching an agreement that would extend the New START agreement for another year. The 2011 New START treaty set limits on the number of nuclear warheads in each nation's arsenal.
- The New START treaty was signed in 2010 by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President Barack Obama. It took effect on Feb. 5, 2011, and was set to expire on Feb. 5, 2021.
- As part of the agreement, both countries can have no more 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers. They also must agree to on-site inspections to ensure they are adhering to the conditions.
- The Trump administration had sought to strike a deal before the Nov. 3 election as an example of an international diplomatic victory.
- Democratic nominee Joe Biden has previously said he would have agreed to a five-year extension, originally proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden has said if elected president, he would negotiate a new arms control arrangement.
- In 2019, both countries withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty which left the New START treaty as the only nuclear arms control deal between the two nations.