Posted 21 февраля, 12:33

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NATO urged Russia to reconsider the suspension of participation in the START Treaty

NATO urged Russia to reconsider the suspension of participation in the START Treaty

21 февраля 2023, 12:33
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed regret over Russia's decision to suspend its participation in the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty.

Stoltenberg urged Moscow to reconsider this step.

"I regret Russia's decision to suspend participation in I urge Russia to reconsider this decision and return to compliance with the existing agreement", - Interfax quoted the NATO Secretary General as saying.

If Russia suspends its participation in the START treaty, then by such a decision, according to Stoltenberg, it will "eliminate the entire architecture of arms control".

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the unilateral suspension of Russia's participation in the DSNV when announcing the message to the Federal Assembly.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the attempt of Western countries to "inflict a strategic defeat on the Russian Federation" and inspect Russian military facilities, including those with the latest weapons. However, Russia will not agree to this.

The agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States on measures to Further reduce and limit strategic offensive Arms, START III, was signed by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama on April 8, 2010 in Prague and entered into force on February 5, 2011. It provided for a reduction for each side of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550 units, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers — up to 700 units. On January 27, 2021, the agreement was extended for another five years — until February 5, 2026, from February 3, the agreement entered into force.