Russia Can't Confirm US Fulfilled Limits on Strategic Arms Within START Treaty

Russia criticizes US implementation of arms treaty

Russia criticizes US implementation of arms treaty

The United States and Russian Federation said separately they've met the Monday deadline of a nuclear arms treaty between the two countries that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Nunes gave Trump "secretly altered" version of memo Davis: "Deep state" existed in '16 - but it elected Trump Former Trump legal spokesman to testify to Mueller about undisclosed call: report MORE once called a "one-sided deal".

The dire assessment came as Moscow said it has met its own requirements under the New START agreement that was signed in 2010 and entered into force a year later.

The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other's strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities, as well as data exchanges to track the status and makeup of nuclear weapons systems. According to data released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), United States of America and Russian Federation are the global leaders of nuclear ammunition and boast a combined total of nearly 14,000 nuclear weapons alone. The data also revealed that Israel, which has never denied or confirmed having nuclear weapons, has 80 warheads in its nuclear arsenal and North Korea was predicted to have at least 20 of the weapons of mass destruction.

"The United States will continue to fully implement the New START Treaty and remains committed to working with others, including the Russian Federation, to create the conditions to support the ultimate goal of the global elimination of nuclear weapons", she said.

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"February 5, 2018 marks the date that the treaty's central limits on each country's strategic nuclear arsenal take effect", U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. US President Donald Trump in February 2017 criticized New START, but in September the White House hinted there was a possibility the treaty might be prolonged.

"Through implementing the New START Treaty, the United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to fulfilling its arms control obligations, including under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons".

It specifically pointed to a Russian doctrine known as "escalate to de-escalate", in which Moscow would use or threaten to use smaller-yield nuclear weapons in a limited, conventional conflict in Europe to compel the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to back down.

"Russia is in full compliance with its liabilities to reduce strategic offensive weapons".

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Russian Federation slammed the US report, saying it was founded on false assumptions about Moscow's intentions and contained worrying modernization plans.

In a separate statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry also scathingly criticized a different U.S. nuclear review, saying it could lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons.

It said USA plans to develop new low-yield nuclear weapons "will greatly increase the temptation of using them, especially considering the right to a disarming first strike as set out in the new US doctrine".

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