Russia’s decision to unilaterally suspend the 2010 treaty has dealt another blow to the only pact still restricting U.S.-Russian strategic nuclear arsenals.
Russia has reneged on another international commitment by refusing to share data on its military forces with 57 participating states as called for in the Vienna Document, according to a letter obtained by Arms Control Today and a European official.
The move, which the United States called “irresponsible,” further weakens the decades-old arms control regime.
NPT Nuclear-Weapon States Meet in Dubai
Putin’s announcement makes it far more likely that, after New START expires, there will be no agreement limiting U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals for the first time since 1972.
In 1,100 days, the last remaining treaty regulating the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals, the New Strategic Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the United States and Russia, will expire.
With time running out on the Iran nuclear deal, what can be done to reduce the risk of Iran’s nuclear program?
Russia called off the meeting with the United States a day before it was scheduled in Cairo.
Dialogue on Implementation of Arms Control Agreement in Mutual Interest
Some senior Russian officials have discussed the potential use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, according to reports. The United States and Russia will meet soon for a meeting of New START's Bilateral Consultative Commission. Majority of G20 condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine and nuclear threats.