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Biden administration criticizes Russia for putting off crucial nuclear arms treaty negotiations

Biden administration slams Russia for calling off nuclear weapons treaty talks that limit intercontinental missiles and allow either side to conduct inspections

  • The Foreign Ministry said Moscow had ‘unilaterally postponed’ a meeting of the Bilateral Consultative Commission for Tuesday in Cairo
  • It said Russia had promised to offer new dates in the future but gave no reason to withdraw from the meeting
  • The two world powers would discuss the new START treaty – the only remaining agreement regulating the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals
  • Inspections of US and Russian military sites under the new START treaty were suspended by both sides in March 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus

The Biden administration blamed Russia for last-minute abandonment of nuclear disarmament talks scheduled for Tuesday.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that Moscow had “unilaterally postponed” a meeting of the Bilateral Consultative Commission that was to begin in Egypt on Tuesday and continue next week.

It said Russia had promised to offer new dates in the future but gave no reason to withdraw from the meeting.

The two world powers would discuss the New START treaty – the only agreement left in existence regulating the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals. For months, Russia has put the world on edge when it threatened to use nuclear weapons during its war against Ukraine.

Representatives from both countries were due to meet in Cairo on Tuesday. With the meeting, the US hoped to reassure both sides that they remain committed to arms control and can keep the lines of communication open despite other differences.

“On the Russian side, the United States has indicated that Russia has unilaterally postponed the meeting and stated that it will propose new dates,” the State Department said.

“The United States stands ready to reschedule as soon as possible as resuming inspections is a priority for maintaining the treaty as an instrument of stability,” the department added.

In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and in defense of Russia and our people, we will certainly use all weapon systems at our disposal. This is not a bluff,” President Vladimir Putin warned in a speech in September

On October 26, 2022, A Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Will Be Tested As Part Of The Russian Nuclear Exercises From A Launch Site.

On October 26, 2022, a Yars intercontinental ballistic missile will be tested as part of the Russian nuclear exercises from a launch site.

The State Department said the US is “ready to reschedule as soon as possible as resuming inspections is a priority for maintaining the treaty as an instrument of stability.”

Moscow and Washington have not met to discuss nuclear weapons in more than a year, as relations deteriorated during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Inspections of US and Russian military sites under the New START treaty were interrupted by both sides due to the spread of the coronavirus in March 2020. Both sides regularly inspect each other’s nuclear facilities.

The New START treaty limits the number of deployed intercontinental nuclear weapons any country can have. It was extended for five years in early 2021 and the two sides will soon have to renegotiate an extension.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Bill Burns met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Naryshkin earlier this month, in part to discuss “managing nuclear risk,” but held no negotiations.

In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and in defense of Russia and our people, we will certainly use all weapon systems at our disposal. This is not a bluff,” President Vladimir Putin warned in a September speech that sent shockwaves around the world.

The following month he seemed to change course by saying ‘we see no need for’ nuclear weapons in Ukraine. “It makes no sense, either politically or militarily.”

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