Russia Can't Confirm US Fulfilled Limits on Strategic Arms Within START Treaty


Russia Can't Confirm US Fulfilled Limits on Strategic Arms Within START Treaty

The United States and Russian Federation both say they have met a key nuclear arms control target, amid rising concerns over their commitment to disarmament.

The new Treaty was signed in Prague on 8 April, 2010 and came into force on 5 February, 2011. "Our focus in the near term is on that next data exchange, after which we hope each country will confirm the other's compliance with the Treaty's central limits as soon as possible".

The U.S. Department of State, in a statement by its spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said the country also has 1393 warheads on deployed ICBMs and SLBMs and counted for deployed heavy bombers. The Foreign Ministry said it doesn't have a way to confirm the reconfigured hardware was rendered incapable of carrying nuclear weapons.

"Implementation of the New START Treaty enhances the safety and security of the United States and our allies and makes strategic relations between the United States and the Russian Federation more stable, transparent, and predictable".

"The Russian Federation urges the United States to continue to constructively search for mutually acceptable solutions to the problems related to the conversion and exclusion of arms from the categories provided for in the New START Treaty, as well as any other issues that may arise in the context of implementing the provisions of the New START Treaty", the statement, issued by the ministry read. The New START Treaty remains a critical component for supporting global non-proliferation efforts and strategic stability between the United States and the Russian Federation.

Disarmament experts are warning that the world may be heading back to the Cold War era, when tensions were high between Washington and Moscow.

Monday's deadline to comply with the reductions in the treaty comes days after the Trump administration released its Nuclear Posture Review, which focuses heavily on Russian Federation.

The Pentagon-led review made clear the administration's view that Russian policies and actions are fraught with potential for miscalculation that could lead to an uncontrolled escalation of conflict in Europe.

In a separate statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry also scathingly criticized a different U.S. nuclear review, saying it could lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons.

"Russia is in full compliance with its liabilities to reduce strategic offensive weapons".

"Even military scenarios are presented so ambiguously that it seems like the US planners may view practically any use of military capability as a reason for delivering a nuclear strike against anyone they consider an 'aggressor, '" the ministry said.

"Assurances that the implementation of these plans will not lower the nuclear threshold can at least be interpreted as a desire to delude the worldwide community", the ministry said.



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