Putin removes the controls
US accuses Russia of violating nuclear weapons treaty
Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin repeatedly mentions nuclear weapons. But he doesn’t want to use it. Now the US will sue Russia for violation of a disarmament treaty.
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Vladimir Putin removes the controls by the USA, which were ensured by the nuclear disarmament treaty.
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 on Tuesday evening. 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.
«Exercise of important rights» prevented
“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.
Russia abolished controls
In February 2021, US President Joe Biden (79) and Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin (70) 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. (SDA/euc)