Russia: Russian participation in the New START pact, which places restrictions on the two countries’ strategic nuclear arsenals, has been suspended, according to President Vladimir Putin.
At the conclusion of a significant speech to parliament, about a year into the conflict in Ukraine, Putin informed lawmakers: “In this regard, I am compelled to declare today that Russia is suspending its participation in the strategic offensive armaments accord.”
Limit on the number of strategic nuclear weapons
The New START pact was signed in Prague in 2010, went into effect the following year, and was renewed for a further five years in 2021, just after Joseph Biden became US President. It places a limit on the number of strategic nuclear weapons that the US and Russia may deploy, as well as the use of bombers and missiles that are launched from land, sea, or air platforms.
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90% of the world’s nuclear warheads are held by Russia
It places a limit on the number of strategic nuclear weapons that the US and Russia may deploy, as well as the use of bombers and missiles that are launched from land, sea, or air platforms.Experts estimate that Russia has close to 6,000 nuclear warheads, making it the country with the greatest nuclear arsenal globally. Almost 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads are held by Russia and the United States collectively, which would be more than enough to wipe out the globe.
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