Russia’s refusal to allow on-the-ground inspections to resume is endangering the New START nuclear treaty, the Biden administration says.
US says Russia violating nuclear arms control treaty
The United States has accused Russia of violating the New START Treaty, the last major pillar of post-Cold War nuclear arms control between the two countries, saying Moscow was refusing to allow inspection activities on its territory.
The treaty came into force in 2011 and was extended in 2021 for five more years. It caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads the United States and Russia can deploy, and the deployment of land- and submarine-based missiles and bombers to deliver them.
The two countries, which during the Cold War were constrained by a tangle of arms control agreements, still account for about 90 per cent of the world’s nuclear warheads.
Washington has been eager to preserve the treaty but ties with Moscow are the worst in decades over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which could complicate attempts by President Joe Biden’s administration to maintain and reach a follow-on agreement.