- The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has suspended the nuclear pact between Russia and the United States today.
- He claims that the United States has not upheld their end of the deal.
- The Kremlin also has released a long list of grievances against Washington.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has suspended the treaty with Washington on getting rid of weapon-grade plutonium. Many now fear that he is using it as a tactic to put nuclear disarmament on the table as a bargaining chip in disputes with the US.
The agreement started back in the last year of the Cold War. Russia and the United States signed a series of deals that they both would slowly decrease their nuclear payloads. So far the treaties have continued to remain untouched, until today.
The Kremlin said they issued the suspension of the pact because of unfriendly acts by Washington.
Stratfor, a US-based consultancy, said, “Putin’s decree could signal that other nuclear disarmament cooperation deals between the United States and Russia are at risk of being undermined. The decision is likely an attempt to convey to Washington the price of cutting off dialogue on Syria and other issues.”
The Russian foreign ministry said, “The Obama administration has done everything in its power to destroy the atmosphere of trust which could have encouraged cooperation. The step Russia has been forced to take is not intended to worsen relations with the United States. We want Washington to understand that you cannot, with one hand, introduce sanctions against us where it can be done fairly painlessly for the Americans, and with the other hand continue selective cooperation in areas where it suits them.”
The Kremlin, apparently, does not believe that the United States has held up their end of the agreement.