One year behind Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Putin was frequently threatening both western countries and Ukraine with nuclear weapons. Today, the decision that paved the way for those threats was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. With this signature, participation in the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia and the United States, aimed at curbing intercontinental nuclear ballistic missile capabilities, was suspended.
According to the law signed by Putin, published in the Russian State Law Information System, the New START agreement between Russia and the USA was suspended.
By law, the decision on the country's re-accession to the treaty can be taken by the President of Russia.
Vladimir Putin, in his speech to the Federal Assembly on February 21, announced that they suspended Russia's participation in the New START treaty with the USA.
The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, also adopted the law suspending this treaty on February 22.
The "New START" agreement, which is the continuation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Agreements (START 1 and START 2) signed by the USA with the Soviet Union in 1991 and with the Russian Federation in 1993, is the last nuclear agreement in force between Washington and Moscow.
The treaty imposes restrictions on long-range nuclear warheads and missiles. The 10-year agreement, which entered into force on February 5, 2011, expired on February 5, 2021.
Russian President Putin signed the decision to extend the treaty for 5 years on January 29, 2021. The US administration also announced its decision to extend the treaty on February 5, 2021.