U.S. retaliates over Russia’s suspension of New START Treaty

SpaceWar.com reports: “The Biden administration said it is taking countermeasures against Russia’s unilateral suspension of the New START Treaty, stating it will no longer share key U.S. nuclear information with Moscow and is suspending the visas of treaty inspectors.

The State Department announced the punitive measures Thursday, several months after President Vladimir Putin in February suspended Russia’s participation in the pact that sets limits on the number of intercontinental-range nuclear weapons the countries may have.

‘U.S. countermeasures are fully consistent with international law. They are proportionate, reversible and meet all other legal requirements,’ the State Department said in a statement.

According to the State Department’s release, the United States will withhold from Russia data on facilities and nuclear forces, including the locations of deployed warheads and delivery vehicles, as well as notifications on the status of missiles and launchers.

It will also stop providing Moscow with telemetric information on launches of U.S. intercontinental-ballistic missiles and submarine-launched-ballistic missiles, but it will continue to provide Russia with notifications of the launches in accordance with other agreements…”

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