Suspension of inspections: US concerns about nuclear deal with Russia

Status: 01/31/2023 9:11 p.m

In 2010, the US and Russia agreed to limit the number of nuclear warheads. But as a result of the Ukraine war, the inspections are on hold. Washington now sees the entire agreement in jeopardy.

The US has accused Russia of failing to comply with the New START nuclear arms control treaty. A statement by the US State Department said Moscow would not allow the inspections agreed in the treaty on its territory. This calls into question the US-Russian control agreement.

However, the government in Washington is still willing to work with Russia on full implementation of the treaty. A Russian statement is not yet available.

“US hostility”

The “New START” treaty concluded in 2010 is the only nuclear disarmament agreement between the USA and Russia that is still in existence. It obliges both countries to reduce their nuclear warheads to a maximum of 1,550 each.

Last November, amid the Ukraine war, Russia called off planned arms control talks with the United States. The Russian Foreign Ministry justified the decision with “hostility” from the United States.

Mutual allegations

Moscow had already announced in August that it would suspend US inspections of its military sites as part of “New START”. The Russian government has accused the US of obstructing Russian inspectors, which the government in Washington denies.

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has pushed relations between Washington and Moscow to a new low.

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