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United States: Russia violates the START-3 treaty

The United States said on Tuesday that Russia violated the nuclear arms control treaty by refusing to allow inspection activities on its soil.

Recall that the agreement entered into force in 2011 and was extended in 2021 for five years. It limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads the United States and Russia can deploy, as well as the deployment of land-launched and submarine-launched missiles and bombers to launch them.

“Russia’s refusal to cooperate with inspection activities prevents the United States from exercising important rights under the treaty and threatens the viability of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control,” a department spokesperson said. of State in an email published on Tuesday.

In August, Moscow suspended cooperation with inspections under the treaty, blaming travel restrictions imposed by Washington and its allies after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, but said it remained committed to compliance. the terms of the treaty.

The State Department spokesperson added that Russia has a “clear path” to return to compliance with the treaty by allowing inspection activities, and that Washington remains willing to work with Russia to fully implement the treaty. treaty.

“New START remains in the national security interest of the United States,” the State Department spokesperson said.

Negotiations between Moscow and Washington on resuming inspections under the New START treaty were due to take place in November in Egypt, but Russia postponed them and no new date was set.

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