WASHINGTON — The State Department told Congress on Tuesday that Russia Not adhering to one of the remaining nuclear arms control agreements between the two nations was jeopardizing a Their relationship is stable.

It was stated by the agency Russia Had been refused to American inspectors are allowed into nuclear weapon facilities. This is an obligation in the New START treaty, which was extended for five years in February 2021.

“Russia’s refusal to facilitate inspection activities prevents the United States from exercising important rights under the treaty and threatens the viability of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control,” The State Department stated in a Statement to be made Tuesday.

They added this “Russia has also failed to comply with the New START treaty obligation to convene a session of the bilateral consultative commission in accordance with the treaty-mandated timeline.”

The State Department called Russia to Return to As it has done since more than a decade, the company is now able to allow inspectors into its territory. a decade. And by agreeing to Keep a meeting of the commission where officials may discuss matters related to Treaty and Nuclear Arms Control

Russia It announced that in August it would suspend the entry of American inspectors to Its nuclear arsenal. It was canceled in November. a Cairo diplomat meeting of the bilateral Commission, during which officials had planned to Review compliance with the treaty. In October 2021, the commission met for its last time.

This August Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei A. Ryabkov, said Moscow was postponing the meeting because the United States “did not want to take into account Russia’s priorities, they wanted to discuss only the resumption of inspections,” The state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported.

“The situation around Ukraine also had an impact,” Ryabkov was quoted by the agency as having said it.

After Russia’s announcement, Ned Price, a A spokesperson for the State Department said that both nations were represented “have continued to provide data declarations and notifications in accordance with the treaty.”

It was signed in 2010 and has been a guarantee that both nations have a limited strategic nuclear arsenal since 2011. to 1 500 warheads per country. Reciprocal inspections are the main mechanism for verifying the Treaty. Each country is allowed to examine evidence and data relating to the nuclear arsenal.

Where? Russia It suspended inspections and stated that U.S. Sanctions imposed on it had been lifted Russia It invaded Ukraine and made it impossible for its inspectors to get access to United States According to the State Department, that statement was false.

Following the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 both sides suspended their inspections. U.S. officials said they hope to resume them soon to Get the practice back a regular schedule.

New START Agreement was signed to The expire February 5, 2021. However, the governments have announced their intention to renew it. a Two days prior to the deadline, a five-year extension was granted. Any further talks on arms control are difficult due to the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine last February under President Vladimir V. Putin. Biden stopped all diplomatic negotiations over the creation of new arms control treaties since the beginning of the war.

Jeffrey Lewis a The Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ nuclear nonproliferation expert said New START’s deterioration was concerning and didn’t bode well for renewed prospects in 2026.

“Things look very grim right now,” He said. He said, “Thoughts.” “the treaty is strongly in both parties’ interests,” He concluded, “the Russians seem to be allowing what’s going on in Ukraine to spill across all policies.”

“I think an unconstrained arms race between Russia and the United States is not in either of our interests, and that is what will happen,” Mr. Lewis said.

The use of nuclear tactical weapons is not covered by New START. European and U.S. officials have discussed whether Putin may use them. a Ukraine. The possibility of a nuclear weapon in Ukraine was a topic of intense discussion last fall in Washington DC, and other European capitals due to the specific data provided by intelligence agencies. However, official talk has ceased.

Trump’s administration made public a decision to end an arms control treaty in August 2019. It was the Intermediate-Range Arms Control Treaty. Nuclear After having been suspended in February, the Forces Agreement was reached. The United States accused Russia The treaty had been in force since Reagan’s time. U.S. officials stated they are becoming increasingly concerned about China. a Parties to They resisted the offer of a treaty and said they didn’t want to be bound by it. to In the Asia-Pacific area, you can deploy missiles to be hamstrung.

New START, the United States’ only nuclear arms agreement between them and the United States was ended by that deal. Russia.

“The United States continues to view nuclear arms control as an indispensable means of strengthening U.S., ally and global security,” On Tuesday, the State Department made these statements. “It is all the more important during times of tension when guardrails and clarity matter most.”