Status: 08/09/2022 03:47 AM
For the time being, Russia does not want to allow the US to control its nuclear arsenal as stipulated in the contract. Under the current circumstances, Russia cannot exercise planned control over American territory.
For the time being, Russia does not want to again tolerate contractually agreed inspections of its nuclear arsenal by US inspectors. The State Department said Western sanctions hindered inspections by Russian inspectors in US territory.
It pointed to punitive measures against Russian flights, visa restrictions and other barriers that prevented Russian military experts from traveling to US nuclear weapons facilities. It would give the US a “unilateral advantage” if the surveillance on Russian territory continues. Because US inspectors won’t have such a problem.
Inspection part of new commencement contract
The controls are set out in the New Start Agreement, the last remaining nuclear disarmament treaty between the two countries. The agreement was signed in 2010 by the then US President Barack Obama and the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
New START imposes a total of 1,550 nuclear weapons limits on each country. Both sides are allowed 700 active carrier systems, i.e. ICBMs and bombers. The contract provides for comprehensive mutual on-site inspections to check compliance.
Moscow’s move comes at a time when tensions are high over Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine. It is the first time that the Kremlin has halted inspections of US experts agreed to in the disarmament deal. President Joe Biden’s government initially did not comment on the Russian decision.