Moscow, 29 November 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Russia has postponed planned disarmament talks on strategic nuclear weapons between Moscow and Washington at short notice.
“Russia has unilaterally postponed the meeting and declared to propose new dates,” the US embassy in Moscow announced on Monday, according to the daily Kommersant. The Foreign Ministry in Moscow confirmed the postponement of the planned consultations.
The START Treaty for the reduction of strategic nuclear weapons, originally signed between US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, was last extended by five years in February 2021.
Talks on the future of the treaty were to be conducted in Cairo starting Tuesday through December 6.
The plan was for both sides to listen to the respective accusations of the other side during the consultations. This mainly concerns the issue of mutual inspections of strategic weapons.
Russia stopped US inspections of its nuclear arsenal in August, a few months after the start of the war against Ukraine. The reason given was that a Russian inspection of American nuclear weapons would be hindered by the Western sanctions.