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While Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to “suspend” implementation of New START does not mark the end of the treaty, his announcement makes it far more likely that, after New START expires in 2026, there will be no agreement limiting U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals for the first time since 1972.
Since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine last year, our work to reduce and eliminate the dangers posed by nuclear weapons has become even more challenging.
This past year, we have been reminded that the nuclear weapons threat still hangs over all of us. Our collective actions today to move the world back from the nuclear brink and jumpstart effective disarmament diplomacy will affect international peace and security for years to come.
Many people in the United States and around the globe are justifiably concerned about the risk of nuclear war following continued, thinly veiled nuclear threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin. In response, our Arms Control Association team has been working overtime.
It is imperative that Moscow and Washington immediately resolve the differences blocking the restart of New START inspections and begin negotiations on new arms control arrangements to supersede New START.