Putin: Russia suspends its participation in the New START treaty

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russia is suspending its participation in START, Putin said. Russia is not withdrawing from START, it is only suspending its participation, Putin stressed. Russia, to return to START, needs to understand how NATO’s combined strike arsenal will be accounted for, the president said.

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According to Putin, some figures in Washington are considering nuclear weapons tests, but then Moscow will also conduct them.

The rate of equipping the Russian nuclear forces with modern weapons is more than 91%, and the same high level should be achieved in all components of the Russian armed forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“Now the level of equipment of the Russian nuclear deterrent forces with the latest systems is 91.3 percent,” Putin said in his presidential address to the Federal Assembly. “Now with the accumulated experience, we must reach an equally high level of quality in all components of the Armed Forces,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO’s request to allow inspections of Russian nuclear facilities absurd.

“At the beginning of February of this year, the North Atlantic Alliance made a statement with the actual demand that Russia, as they say, return to the implementation of the Strategic Offensive Weapons Treaty, including allowing inspections of our nuclear defense facilities. I don’t even know how to put it called: some theater of the absurd – then,” Putin said on Tuesday, addressing the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

New START is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation with the formal name of Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. It was signed on 8 April 2010 in Prague, and, after ratification, entered into force on 5 February 2011. It was expected to last until 5 February 2026, having been extended in 2021.

START III [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] was a proposed bilateral arms control treaty between the United States and Russia that was meant to reduce the deployed nuclear weapons arsenals of both countries drastically and to continue the weapons reduction efforts that had taken place in the START I and START II negotiations.

The framework for negotiations of the treaty began with talks in Helsinki between US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1997. However, negotiations broke down, and the treaty was never signed.

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