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US Accuses Russia of Breaching the New START Nuclear Arms Treaty

  • Russia is blocking inspections and refusing talks, US says
  • US says Russia ‘threatens the viability’ of arms control
The Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC.

The Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia is breaching the terms of the New START nuclear-arms reduction treaty by refusing to allow inspectors on its territory and stonewalling US efforts to discuss the issue, the State Department said Tuesday.

The department said in a statement that the Russian refusal “prevents the United States from exercising important rights under the treaty and threatens the viability of US-Russian nuclear arms control.”