Putin scraps key nuclear disarmament deal with ‘unfriendly’ US

Source: Times of Israel

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that Washington has not honored the agreement and “Russia no longer thinks it possible to carry out the conditions of the agreement alone” due to “general tension” between the two countries.

“It’s a symbolic gesture that demonstrates that the sides no longer cooperate in this sphere,” said independent military expert Alexander Golts, adding that it was not the first agreement to be suspended in the non-proliferation sphere.

A bill submitted by Putin to parliament, which asked lawmakers to support the agreement’s suspension, indicated that some quid pro quo could still keep the deal alive.

The bill said that the agreement could be reinstated if Washington moves US forces out of countries that became NATO members after 2000, ends “all sanctions” and compensates Moscow for the financial losses resulting from them.

Lawmakers can vote on the bill as early as Wednesday, when the State Duma convenes for the first time since being elected last month in a vote that saw the ruling United Russia party sweep some three quarters of the seats.

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