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( – On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow would suspend its participation in the New START treaty, which is the last nuclear arms control pack that the country is currently in with the United States.

This move is going to increase the tension between the two countries, as the United States has maintained its support for Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the country.

In a state-of-the-nation address, Putin claimed that Russia was ready to start nuclear weapons tests as soon as the U.S. did so. This move would potentially end the ban on nuclear weapons tests which has been in place for decades since the start of the Cold War.

Putin, in his address, stated that the U.S. and its NATO allies were openly trying to work against Russia in the country’s war with Ukraine. He added that they were trying to force a “strategic defeat” while simultaneously trying to get their nuclear facilities. He added that this is why Russia’s participation in the treaty would be suspended through a draft bill that will be passed through the Kremlin-controlled parliament.

The bill also leaves it up to the President when the country’s participation in the pact can be resumed. Putin stressed that the country is not completely withdrawing from the pact, and has stated that the Russian Foreign Ministry would continue to respect the caps determined in the treaty. The country would also continue the previously established exchange of information regarding testing with the U.S.

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