December 8, 2022

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Under a US treaty, Moscow suspends strategic weapons inspections

Facilities that are subject nuclear inspections under the New START deal will be "temporarily" excused from such inspections, according to the Russian foreign ministry.

In response to Western sanctions and coronavirus outbreaks, Russia announced on Monday that it was suspending US on-site inspections under a strategic weapons reduction accord with Washington.

Facilities that are subject nuclear inspections under the New START deal will be “temporarily” excused from such inspections, according to the Russian foreign ministry.

The declaration comes as relations between the US and Russia are deteriorating due to Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and the crippling Western sanctions.

The number of nuclear weapons that Moscow and Washington are permitted to deploy is capped at 1,550 under the final surviving arms control agreement between the two former Cold War adversaries, known as New START.

“Russia is now forced to resort to this measure as a result of Washington’s persistent desire to implicitly achieve a restart of inspections on conditions that do not take into account existing realities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, Moscow charged that Washington was attempting to “create unilateral advantages” by denying Russia the “right to conduct inspections on American soil.”

The statement said that due to Western sanctions, such as the closing of airspace to Russian aircraft and visa restrictions, it had become difficult for Moscow to conduct inspections on American soil.

Additionally, Moscow noted a recent uptick in coronavirus cases in the US.

“We believe that in the current circumstances, the parties should abandon patently counterproductive attempts to artificially speed up the resumption of START inspection activities and focus on a thorough study of all existing problems in this area,” the foreign ministry said.

The maximum five-year extension of New START was agreed upon by the US and Russia last year.

After US President Joe Biden urged Russia and China to show their commitment to reducing nuclear arms, Moscow made its announcement.

When the nuclear arms reduction treaty ends in 2026, Russia should show that it is willing to extend it, according to Biden.

Aryan Jakhar

Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.