OREANDA-NEWS. The new US administration intends to move quickly in negotiations with Moscow on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START III), but at the same time is determined to make the Russian leadership pay for the largest hack of US government cyber networks. This was stated in an interview with CNN by Jake Sullivan, whom US president-elect Joe Biden plans to appoint as national security adviser.

Sullivan stated he is confident that today the United States and Russia can act within the framework of their national interests in order to make progress on arms control and strategic stability issues. He noted that START III expires a little more than two weeks after the start of the work of new administration, and the issue of its extension will need to be negotiated immediately.

At the same time, Sullivan recalled that Russia was most likely behind the largest attack on the computer networks of 250 US government agencies, which was discovered about three weeks ago, although no official charges were brought against Moscow. The politician assured that Biden intends to force the perpetrators to pay a significant price for these attacks.