The American President, Joe Bidenconsidered this Wednesday that the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putinhas committed a “serious mistake” announcing the suspension of Russia’s obligations under the nuclear disarmament treaty START III either New START.
As Biden entered the presidential palace in Warsaw for a meeting with countries on the eastern flank of the NATOa journalist asked him for a statement on Putin’s decision.
At first, the US president jokingly said that he “didn’t have time”; but then he paused and said: “Serious mistake”.
The Russian president announced on Tuesday the suspension of his country’s compliance with START III or New START, last nuclear disarmament treaty still in force between Russia and the United States.
Putin qualified that “Russia does not abandon, but only suspends” compliance with the strategic offensive arms reduction treaty that expires in 2026, for which he blamed the United States.
Signed in 2010 by the then US and Russian presidents, Barack Obama and Dmitry MedvedevNew START limits the number of long-range nuclear warheads each country can have deployed to 1,550.
It also restricts the number of launch vehicles and systems Washington and Moscow can have deployed or in reserve, but its cornerstone is the verification regime the treaty establishes to ensure these limits are met.
Specifically, both the United States and Russia can carry out up to 18 inspections a year of the other’s nuclear arsenals hardly giving the receiving country time to prepare: the technicians give notice 32 hours before arriving and then choose the place they want to examine, which must be respected by the receiving authorities.
A month ago, the United States accused Russia of breaching the treaty by not allowing US technicians to carry out inspections on Russian territory.
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