New Beginnings Treaty: Moscow suspends US inspection of Russian military sites

Russian diplomacy announced on Monday the suspension of planned American inspections of Russian military sites under the New START treaty. The decision notably concerns missile launch bases as well as air and naval bases where Russian nuclear missiles are stationed.

Russia announced Monday (August 8) the suspension of planned US inspections of its military sites under the New START treaty, a major nuclear disarmament pact between the two powers, ensuring that it is on par with Russian inspections. The United States was acting in response to the rating. United States.

Russia “officially informed” the United States on Monday that all of its sites subject to inspection under the New START treaty would be “temporarily exempt”, Russian diplomacy said in a statement.

These include missile launch bases, as well as air and naval bases where nuclear missiles are stationed.

The announcement comes at the height of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and as President Vladimir Putin continues to praise the “invincible” new weapons being developed by Russia.

“The Russian Federation is compelled to resort to this measure (…), which creates a unilateral advantage for the United States due to current realities and Russia’s right to observe on American territory,” the statement said. private. »

Russian diplomacy cites in particular the barriers to the movement of Russian inspectors and the difficulties linked to the issuance of visas, caused by Western sanctions imposed on Moscow because of the Ukrainian conflict.

“American inspectors and the crew members of their planes do not have the same difficulties,” the statement said.

The last bilateral agreement of its kind linking the two major nuclear powers

However, Russia “highly appreciates the unique role” of the treaty in relations between Moscow and Washington in the nuclear field, he underlines.

Once the issues surrounding the resumption of surveillance under the treaty are resolved, Russia will “immediately” reverse its decision announced on Monday, according to Russian diplomacy.

The New START Treaty is the latest such bilateral agreement between the world’s two major nuclear powers.

Signed in 2010, it limits the arsenals of the two nuclear powers to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads, a reduction of around 30% compared to the previous limit set in 2002. It also limits the number of launchers and heavy bombers at 800, still enough to destroy Earth multiple times.

In January 2021, Vladimir Putin extended it by five years until 2026.

Until now, Moscow and Washington each had the right to conduct no less than twenty mutual inspections a year under this treaty.

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