Russia sets conditions for return to key nuclear treaty with US

(VOVWORLD) - Russia will return to full compliance with the New START treaty only if Washington abandons its hostile policy towards Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said. 

Russia sets conditions for return to key nuclear treaty with US - ảnh 1Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland on March 2, 2023. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

The statement comes amid Russia's claim that its decision to leave the treaty is “unshakable,” according to a report by Russian state newswire Ria Novosti.

The New START Treaty deal limits the amount of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads that the US or Russia can deploy, and went into effect in 2011.

Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin announced he was suspending Russia's participation in the deal, though the country did not withdraw from the deal altogether. Ryabkov said that the set of “countermeasures” of the US against Russia is "extremely serious."

He said that recent remarks by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on arms control are destructive in their nature and are aimed at promoting Washington's agenda of disrupting the balance of interests.

The US said on Thursday it would stop providing Russia some notifications required under the treaty, including updates on its missile and launcher locations, to retaliate for Moscow's "ongoing violations" of the accord.