New Start Treaty: Moscow suspends US inspections of its military sites

New Start Treaty: Moscow suspends US inspections of its military sites

The affected sites include missile launch bases, as well as air and naval bases where nuclear missiles are deployed.

Russia announced on Monday that it was suspending planned US inspections of its military sites under the New Start treaty, a key nuclear disarmament agreement between the two powers, assuring it was acting in response to US obstacles to similar Russian inspections in the United States.

Russia officially informed the United States on Monday that all of its sites subject to inspections under the New Start treaty will be temporarily exempt, Russian diplomacy said in a statement.

These include missile launch bases, as well as air and naval bases where nuclear missiles are deployed.

This announcement comes at the height of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which has been underway since February 24 and while Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to praise the new invincible weapons developed by Russia.

The Federation of Russia is forced to resort to this measure […] because of the existing realities which create unilateral advantages for the United States and deprive Russia of its right to carry out inspections on American territory, specifies the release.

Russian diplomacy cites in particular the obstacles to the travel of Russian inspectors and the difficulties linked to the issuance of visas, caused by the Western sanctions imposed on Moscow because of the Ukrainian conflict.

The inspectors Americans and the crew members of their planes do not have similar difficulties, the press release assures.

However, Russia greatly values ​​the treaty's unique role in Moscow-Washington nuclear relations, he said. inspections under the treaty, Russia will immediately reverse its decision announced on Monday, Russian diplomacy says.

The New Start treaty is the latest bilateral agreement of its kind binding the two major powers nuclear weapons.

Signed in 2010, it limits the arsenals of the two nuclear powers to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads each, a reduction of almost 30% compared to the previous limit set in 2002. It also limits the number of launchers and heavy bombers to 800, which is still enough to destroy the Earth several times.

In January 2021, Vladimir Putin l' extended for five years, until 2026.

So far, Moscow and Washington each had the right to carry out just under twenty mutual inspections per year under this treaty.

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