In a move that has sent shockwaves through the international community, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia will no longer participate in the New START nuclear arms control pact with the United States. The treaty, which was signed in 2010 and is set to expire on February 5th of this year, limits each country's strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550 deployed warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers.
The decision by Putin to pull out of the treaty comes after months of negotiations between Russia and the US failed to produce an agreement on extending the treaty. The move has been met with criticism from many world leaders, who fear that it could lead to a new arms race between Russia and the US.
The New START treaty was seen as one of the few remaining areas of cooperation between Russia and the US, which have been at odds over a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and election interference. The treaty was also seen as an important step towards reducing global nuclear tensions and preventing a catastrophic nuclear war.
The decision by Putin to pull out of the treaty has been met with concern by many experts, who fear that it could lead to a new arms race between Russia and the US. Some experts have also warned that it could lead to other countries developing their own nuclear weapons programs in response.
Despite these concerns, Putin has defended his decision to pull out of the treaty, arguing that it is necessary for Russia's national security. He has also accused the US of failing to negotiate in good faith and of refusing to make any concessions during negotiations.
The decision by Putin to pull out of the New START treaty is likely to have significant implications for global security. It remains unclear what steps will be taken by other countries in response to this move, or how it will impact relations between Russia and the US going forward.