Russia Freezes Nuclear Arsenal Inspections

Russia Freezes Nuclear Arsenal Inspections

Russia SUSPENDS Nuclear Inspections – Sudden Decision!

( – Russia declared publicly on August 8 it would suspend all nuclear inspections under the New START treaty with the United States. Officials from the Kremlin’s Foreign Ministry explained inspectors couldn’t visit the US to conduct reciprocal checks due to the current sanctions on the nation. They noted this is a temporary move that will lift once a solution becomes available.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a suspension of arsenal examinations, but Moscow’s decision to place a freeze will delay any efforts to renew the process. Officials cited Part 5 (Section 1) (Item 5) of the treaty as allowing this decision as an “exceptional case.”

The New START agreement came into effect during the Obama administration in 2011 and will last until 2026. It allows each country to monitor the other’s nuclear capabilities. The pact limits the number of warheads permitted and provides for reciprocal checks to ensure compliance.

Russia claims it made the move to freeze inspections due to travel restrictions. For instance, the sanctions it’s under due to its actions in Ukraine prevent inspectors from obtaining the necessary visas and traveling to the US. They noted there are no such limits for Americans coming into their country. The Foreign Ministry urged the US to work with it to come to a reasonable solution to allow for the continuation of reciprocal inspections.

Notably, inspections have already been halted since the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov claimed that the US recently signaled that it wanted to perform an inspection in Russia. This became the “trigger” for the freeze, Ryabkov said in a statement, according to AP News.

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