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22th February 2023 (9 Topics)

Russia suspends major nuclear treaty with US


Russia announced to suspension of its participation in the New START treaty — the last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the United States.


  • The New START treaty, signed in 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
  • Just days before the treaty was due to expire in February 2021, Russia and the United States agreed to extend it for another five years.


  • In the decision to suspend the treaty, Russia accused the S. and its NATO allies of openly declaring the goal of Russia’s defeat in Ukraine.
  • New START’s official name is The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms.

What is in the treaty?

  • The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), was signed in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart at the time, Dmitry Medvedev.
  • The treaty was to replace the 1991 START treaty.
  • The treaty limits each party to 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), 1,550 nuclear warheads on deployed ICBMs and SLBMs, and 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers. 
  • It also envisions a rigorous inspection regime to verify compliance. 

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