Moscow says the goal is to restore parity with the United States, which signed but never ratified the 1996 treaty. It also says it will not resume testing unless Washington does so.
Ethe president of Russia, Vladimir Putinsigned this Thursday the law on the revocation of the ratification of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), in a context of war in Ukraine and crisis with the West.
The bill was approved by the Russian Senate on October 25, after receiving approval from the Duma a week earlier.
Moscow talks about reciprocity, with respect to the United States that signed but never ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
Last month, the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkovassured that Moscow would continue to respect the ban and would only resume nuclear testing if Washington did so first.
This Thursday, during a test, the US Air Force detonated a Minuteman III missile over the Pacific Ocean after an anomaly was detected.
The Kremlin spokesman reacted to this test by saying that he acknowledged receipt and that he would follow the same procedures from now on.
The resumption of nuclear tests is a card by Russia in an attempt to dissuade Western countries from continuing their military support for Ukraine.
The CTBC, adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 10, 1996, has been signed by 185 countries, including Russia, which ratified it on June 30, 2000.
Nine countries never ratified the Treaty, including the United States, China, Iran and Israel; while India, Pakistan, North Korea and Syria did not even sign it.