Nuclear weapons: US accuses Russia of violating disarmament treaty

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US accuses Russia of violating disarmament treaty

An intercontinental missile test in Russia: The “New Start” treaty obliges the USA and Russia to reduce their nuclear warheads to a maximum of 1,550 each. photo

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It is the only remaining nuclear disarmament agreement between the two countries: the “New Start” treaty. Washington is now accusing Moscow of threatening the “viability of nuclear arms control.”

The United States accuses Russia of failing to meet its obligations under the New Start disarmament treaty. The German press agency learned this from NATO circles. Among other things, the US broadcaster CNN and the “Wall Street Journal” quoted from a corresponding statement by the US State Department.

Russia refuses to allow inspections on its own territory, violating its obligations under the Nuclear Disarmament Treaty. “Russia’s refusal to facilitate inspection activities prevents the United States from exercising important rights under the treaty and threatens the viability of US-Russian nuclear arms control,” the statement said.

The New Start disarmament treaty is the only remaining major arms control agreement between the United States and Russia. The treaty limits the nuclear arsenals of both countries to 800 delivery systems and 1,550 operational warheads each.

In February 2021, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to extend New Start until 2026. However, an important element of the treaty, the mutual control of the respective nuclear arsenals, has been suspended since the summer. Russia complained that it was no longer able to make inspection trips to the USA because of the sanctions imposed as a result of the Ukraine war, and for its part canceled western inspections.


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