The United States accuses Russia of violating the last effective mutual disarmament treaty. Russia would not allow weapons inspections under the latest version of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
In addition, according to the US State Department, Russia will have more strategic nuclear weapons than the limits set by the START treaty.
The House of Representatives asked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to report whether Russia was violating the treaty. A spokesman for the ministry said, “Russia does not respect the obligation imposed on it by the New START treaty to allow inspections in the region.”
Last November, Russia indefinitely postponed a meeting between US and Russian envoys as part of the inspections. The United States would have a “toxic enmity” with Russia and so the Kremlin canceled the meeting.
The last time disarmament envoys discussed implementation of the START treaty was in October 2021. At the beginning of that year, President Joe Biden extended the 2010 treaty by five years until 2026. Upon signing New START in 2010 the maximum number of warheads was set. nuclear per batch by 1,550. This was 30 percent less than when the previous treaty was signed in 2002. The number of launchers and heavy bombers is also limited to 800.
Last year, Moscow postponed a meeting scheduled for November between the Russians and the Americans about inspections under the treaty. The Russians accused Washington of “hostility” and “toxicity”. The last meeting under that treaty will take place in October 2021.
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