Putin Suspends Russia-U.S. Deal on Plutonium over Hostile U.S. Actions*
Russia has suspended a post-Cold War deal with the U.S. on disposal of plutonium from decommissioned nuclear warheads. The decision was explained by “the hostile actions of the U.S.” against Russia and may be reversed, if such actions are stopped.
A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin cites
“the radical change in the environment, a threat to strategic stability posed by the hostile actions of the U.S. against Russia, and the inability of the U.S. to deliver on the obligation to dispose of excessive weapons plutonium under international treaties, as well as the need to take swift action to defend Russian security” as justification for suspending the deal.
While Russia suspended the plutonium reprocessing deal, it stressed that the Russian fissile material, which was subject to it, would not be used for any military purpose, be it production…
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