Russia temporarily closed inspections under the strategic weapons treaty

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Russia has temporarily withdrawn from inspection activities under the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (START) its facilities subject to inspections. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, published on the agency's website.

“This exemption also applies to facilities where screenings stipulated by the contract can be held,”— reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that this is a forced measure, since the United States is striving to “immediately achieve a restart of inspection activities on conditions that do not take into account existing realities, create unilateral advantages for the United States and in fact deprive the Russian Federation of the right to carry out inspections on American territory.”

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As an example, the statement cites the air traffic situation. Between Russia and the United States, it has been stopped, but the airspace of states that are allies and partners of the United States is closed to Russian aircraft delivering Russian inspection teams.

“At the same time, there are no similar obstacles to the arrival of American inspectors in Russia,” — emphasized in the Foreign Ministry. Another hurdle— tightening of the visa regime in transit countries along the possible routes of inspectors. “American inspectors and aircrew members do not experience such difficulties,” — emphasized on Smolenskaya Square.

The Russian Foreign Ministry suggested discussing the resumption of inspections “from the most realistic positions.” Another argument— an increase in the incidence of COVID in the United States, which could jeopardize the health of Russian inspectors.

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“We believe that in the current circumstances the parties should abandon deliberately counterproductive attempts to artificially force the resumption of START inspection activities and focus on a thorough study of all existing problems in this area,”— says the statement.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that the measures taken are temporary, Russia is committed to complying with all the provisions of the agreement and is ready to resume inspections after “resolving existing problematic issues.”

Russia and the United States signed the START-3 treaty in 2010, the document was signed by Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. The term of the treaty was ten years and provided for the reduction by the parties of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,500 units, and intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles of submarines and strategic missile-carrying bombers— up to 700. The agreement expired on February 5, 2021.

But Donald Trump, who became US President in 2017, considered the agreement unprofitable for Washington and opposed its extension. In his opinion, China should have been included in the limitation of strategic offensive weapons. However, after Joe Biden came to power in the United States, the treaty was extended until February 5, 2026.

August 1, 2022, Biden said that the United States was ready to discuss with Russia an arms control system that would replace the expiring one in 2026 START-3. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying that Moscow had repeatedly advocated negotiations with the United States on the extension of START.

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev responded to Biden's proposal with the words “Do we need it?”.

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