The US and Russia will no longer exchange information on nuclear weapons

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The US and Russia have stopped exchanging data on nuclear weapons which they were doing under the New START Treaty on the Limitation of Nuclear Arsenals (New START), the last such document to fail.

Officials at the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department said yesterday that the United States had offered the information to Russia even after President Vladimir Putin pulled Russia out of the deal last month, but Moscow told Washington it would not give it its data.

Therefore, "due to Russia's non-compliance with its obligations under that treaty, the United States will not provide its data to Russia in order to encourage Russia to return to its treaty obligations," State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.

The White House, which has previously accused Russia of multiple violations of the accord, said Russia's refusal to abide by it was "legally void" and that the decision to withhold nuclear weapons data was another violation.

The New START treaty signed by then-Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in 2010 limits the two countries to no more than 1.550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers and verification inspections.

There has been no inspection since 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The extension agreement was supposed to be in November 2022, but Russia backed out, citing US support for Ukraine, and in February of this year, Russia formally ended its participation in the agreement.

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