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Biden and Putin Communicate, Agreeing to Prolong Nuclear Treaty

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MOSCOW — President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia talked by cellphone Tuesday for the primary time since Mr. Biden’s inauguration, and the Kremlin mentioned the 2 leaders agreed to increase the final remaining nuclear arms treaty between their international locations, which expires subsequent month.

Mr. Putin congratulated Mr. Biden, a Kremlin assertion on the decision mentioned, and mentioned Ukraine, Iran and the opportunity of a summit assembly of the everlasting members of the United Nations Safety Council. The Kremlin’s description of the decision didn’t point out the Russian opposition chief Aleksei A. Navalny, whose arrest on Jan. 17 sparked protests across the country final weekend.

“In all, the dialog of the leaders of Russia and america was businesslike and frank,” the Kremlin mentioned. Mr. Putin, the Kremlin mentioned, “famous that normalizing the connection between Russia and america can be within the curiosity of each international locations and — given their particular duty for safety and stability on this planet — of all the worldwide neighborhood.”

The White Home confirmed the phone call in a statement that mentioned Mr. Biden had raised Mr. Navalny’s scenario within the dialog and had agreed with Mr. Putin to “work urgently to finish the extension” of the nuclear treaty, which expires Feb. 5.

“President Biden made clear that america will act firmly in protection of its nationwide pursuits in response to actions by Russia that hurt us or our allies,” the White Home assertion mentioned. “The 2 presidents agreed to keep up clear and constant communication going ahead.”

The New Begin treaty is an Obama-era accord that limits the Russian and American strategic nuclear arsenals to 1,550 warheads and bombs every. It comprises a provision for a five-year extension if either side agree — a transfer that Mr. Putin has favored however that the Trump administration didn’t conform to. Mr. Biden decided to hunt the five-year extension shortly after he took workplace final week, arguing that doing so might stop a nuclear arms-race at a time of competitors and confrontation with Moscow world wide.

Mr. Putin and Mr. Biden “voiced their satisfaction” about diplomatic steps taken earlier within the day to train the extension, the Kremlin mentioned.

“Within the coming days, either side will end the procedures essential to guarantee the continued functioning of this essential worldwide authorized mechanism to position mutual limits on nuclear-missile arsenals,” the Kremlin mentioned.