The New Start treaty on nuclear disarmament was the last bilateral agreement of its kind linking the two former Cold War rivals.
Signed in 2010 in Prague, by then Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, it limits the arsenals of the two nuclear powers to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads each – a reduction of nearly 30% from the previous limit set in 2002. It also limits the number of launchers and heavy bombers to 800.
In January 2021, Moscow and the new administration of Joe Biden had reached an agreement in extremis to extend it for five years, until February 5, 2026.
The treaty involves a series of mutual inspections of military sites. But on August 9, 2022, Russia announced that it was suspending planned American inspections of its sites, claiming to act in response to similar obstacles to Russian inspections in the United States.
Leave a Reply