Moscow: Plutonium disposal deal with US suspended due to unfriendly actions

The Russian President announced that his country has suspended an agreement aimed at reducing the availability of nuclear weapons, which was signed with the US, and accused Washington of committing “unfriendly actions.”
Putin and Obama (archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending an agreement that was signed with the US as part of a series of deals aimed at reducing the availability of nuclear weapons.

According to the decree, the decision to suspend the agreement was made due to “the emergence of a threat to strategic stability and as a result of unfriendly actions by the United States of America towards the Russian Federation.” The agreement states that both the countries will dispose of 34 tons of plutonium by burning them in nuclear reactors.

The deal was signed in 2000 but came into effect only in 2010, when it was reconfirmed by then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Close to the reconfirmation signing, Clinton said that the amount of plutonium that would be destroyed is enough to make 17,000 nuclear weapons.

The relationship between the two countries has been severely deteriorating ever since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Due to the annexation, the US imposed heavy economic sanctions on Moscow. The situation in Syria is also a tense issue for the two countries. After Washington and Moscow were able to negotiate a ceasefire, it collapsed because of serious and violent violations. The countries blamed each other for the collapse of the ceasefire.

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