The unjustified battle was denounced by American senators after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Since then, Congress has provided Ukraine with defense assistance worth billions of dollars.
It would be an understatement to say that it has enraged Russian President Vladimir Putin. The most recent nuclear accord it had with America has now been suspended by the totalitarian leader.
Putin addressed legislators in Moscow on February 21 in what has become a yearly event. It was delivered just a few days before the war’s anniversary. His participation in the New START Treaty has been put on hold, he declared.
At a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2010, then-POTUS Barack Obama and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the deal. It entered into effect the next year, and President Joseph Biden extended it for a further five years in 2021.
According to the deal, the US and Russia are only permitted to deploy 1,550 nuclear weapons total, along with 700 long-range missiles and bombers.
Putin attributed the battle to “the West and the Ukrainian elite and government” during his speech. Putin asserted that other nations are using Ukraine “as a military base to fight Russia” and that the Ukrainian government does not represent the interests of its citizens but rather those of foreign countries.
The Russian leader continued by claiming that the countries that are aiding Ukraine want to escalate the conflict to a global scale. Putin promised to take action since the nation’s survival is in jeopardy.
According to Reuters, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken referred to Putin’s decision to halt Russia’s participation in the New START deal as “deeply unfortunate and irresponsible.”
The foreign ministry declared it will continue to adhere by the rules stated in the treaty after the Russian president’s statement on Tuesday.