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U.S.-Russia Nuclear Treaty Violated by Russia, Refusing Inspections

The United States has accused Russia of violating the U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty, also known as START-3, by refusing to allow inspection activities on its soil. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads and deployment of missiles, and has been in force since 2011 after being extended for five years in 2021.

According to a State Department spokesperson, “Russia’s non-cooperation undermines the treaty, threatening the viability of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control.” Despite travel restrictions imposed by the US and its allies causing the suspension of cooperation, Russia claims to remain committed to the treaty terms.

The US State Department has offered a clear path for Russia to return to compliance by allowing inspections. Washington remains ready to work with Moscow for the full implementation of the New START treaty, which is considered crucial for US national security. Negotiations for resuming inspections were postponed by Russia and were scheduled to take place in Egypt in November, but a new date has not been set.

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