He UN secretary general, Antonio GuterresHe asked USA already Russia that they resume full implementation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)after the Russian president, Vladimir Putinannounced on Tuesday the suspension of his country from this agreement.
“States and Russia should resume full implementation of New START without delay. The New START has brought peace not only to the United States and Russia but also to the entire international community.“said the spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarricin statements to the press,
According to Guterres’ spokesperson, “a world without nuclear weapons control is much more dangerous and unstable, with potentially catastrophic consequences”, which is why he reiterated the need to spare no effort in returning to dialogue.
“Continued high-level engagement between the world’s two most powerful nuclear powers is vital and for this reason we ask that the full application by all parties of the New START Treaty be resumed”, Dujarric asserted in statements to the media.
President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday thatRussia does not abandon, but only suspends” compliance with the treaty signed in 2010extended in 2021 by the Russian leader and the US president, Joe Bidenand which expires in 2026.
Among other things, the New START reduces the number of nuclear warheads by 30%, up to 1,550 per country.
Putin advanced that “if the US carries out nuclear tests with a new type of strategic weapon, Russia will also carry out tests” of that class, but added: “Of course, we won’t be the first to do it.
“No one should harbor the dangerous illusion that strategic global parity can be destroyed”, he warned.
the deal START limits both US and Russian arsenals to a maximum of 1,550 warheads deployed on each side, a reduction of almost 30% compared to the previous limit, set in 2002. It also limits the number of launchers and heavy bombers to a maximum of 800volume still sufficient to destroy human life on earth.
In 2020, inspections had to be stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, when the conditions were met again to resume said activity, Russia has refused since August last year to resume such visits.in part, due to tensions between the two powers over the war in Ukraine.
“A week ago I signed a decree on the combat commissioning of new strategic land-based systems. Are they going to stick their noses in there too or what? And do you think everything is so simple? What, are we just going to let them go in there?” she added, referring to the ban on inspections.
In response to Putin, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkensaid the suspension is “deeply unfortunate and irresponsible.”
Blinken also said that Washington remains willing to negotiate strategic armament limitations “at any time with Russia, regardless of anything else that happens in the world or in our relationship.”
In turn, the NATO Secretary General He said he regrets the decision. Jens Stoltenberg recalled that it was the last bilateral agreement between Russia and the United States on nuclear disarmament.
“In recent years Russia has violated and abandoned key arms control agreements. With today’s decision on New START, the entire arms control architecture has been dismantled,” remarked the head of the defense alliance.
(With information from Europa Press, AFP and EFE)
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