Wed, 28 Sep 2022

Western sanctions are preventing Russian inspectors from doing their job under the START treaty, Moscow says

Moscow has informed Washington of a "temporary withdrawal" from the inspection regime under the START nuclear disarmament treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Citing treaty provisions for "exceptional circumstances," Russia is saying the Western sanctions have prevented its inspectors from performing their duties, thus giving US inspectors an unfair advantage. Once the principle of parity and equality is restored, the inspections will resume, Russia said.

Moscow cited "anti-Russian unilateral restrictive measures" imposed by the US and its allies, such as visa restrictions on Russian inspectors and a ban on Russian aircraft in US and EU airspace. These restrictions effectively make Russian inspections under the treaty impossible, while Americans "do not experience such difficulties." 

"The Russian Federation is now forced to resort to this measure as a result of Washington's persistent desire to implicitly achieve a restart of inspection activities on conditions that do not take into account existing realities, create unilateral advantages for the United States and effectively deprive the Russian Federation of the right to carry out inspections on American soil," the foreign ministry said.

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