In a video on Wednesday, President Joe Biden was asked about Russia’s decision to withdraw from New START, a nuclear treaty between the U.S. and Russia.
A reporter asked Biden,”Any reaction to Putin saying he’s pulling out of New START!?”
In the video, Biden appears confused and responds with “I don’t have time” before walking away.
Biden’s response reflects a lack of competence in handling foreign policy issues.
Biden looks dazed and confused in Poland.
Reporter: "Any reaction to Putin saying he's pulling out of New START?"
Biden: "I don't have time… Big mistake!"pic.twitter.com/5rif77KfxM
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 22, 2023
New START stands for “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and it is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. The treaty, which was signed in 2010 and went into effect in 2011, limited the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 on each side and the number of deployed delivery systems to 700 on each side. The treaty also included provisions for inspections and data exchanges to verify compliance. New START was the only remaining nuclear arms control agreement between the United States and Russia, and it was set to expire on February 5, 2026.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the suspension of Moscow’s involvement in the only remaining nuclear arms control agreement with the United States, but emphasized that Russia is not withdrawing from the treaty yet and would continue to comply with the agreement’s limitations on nuclear weapons. He also made it clear that he would not alter his approach to the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia’s withdrawal from the treaty will eliminate the last remaining constraint on the size of the two countries’ nuclear arsenals, which could lead to a new nuclear arms race. This would increase the risk of nuclear conflict, particularly as tensions between the United States and Russia continue to be high. Additionally, the New START agreement included provisions for inspections and data exchanges, which helped to ensure compliance and maintain transparency. Without these measures, it will be more difficult to verify each side’s nuclear capabilities and intentions, potentially leading to miscalculations or misunderstandings that could escalate into a nuclear conflict.
“We aren’t fighting the Ukrainian people,” Putin said. “The Ukrainian people have become hostages of the Kyiv regime and its Western masters, which have effectively occupied the country.”
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Putin’s decision to opt out of the nuclear agreement was “deeply unfortunate and irresponsible.”
“We’ll be watching carefully to see what Russia actually does. We’ll, of course, make sure that in any event we are postured appropriately for the security of our own country and that of our allies,” Blinken stated.