Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
Although he certainly meant it as no favor to the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decision to suspend Russia’s participation in the so-called “New START” U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty may do us a service nonetheless. The arms control void opens up opportunities for creative thought about what, if anything, should replace New START when it definitively expires in 2026, including and especially ways of bringing China’s nuclear arsenal into a regime. Moreover, the question of what should follow New START will be pertinent even if the Ukraine war ends by then and Russia resumes its obligations under the current treaty.
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The accord, a successor to the SALT agreements under Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter of the Cold War and the START treaties under President George H.W. Bush has been useful since its entry into force in 2011. New START limits long-range nuclear warheads, on land-based missiles and sub-based missiles and heavy bombers to 1,550 for each side — still several times what would be needed to destroy Russian and American societies. But those numbers are reduced more than 80 percent relative to Cold War levels. Not only does this reduce the risk of a nuclear accident, it also means Russia and the United States save a lot of money compared to what they otherwise might spend on an unconstrained nuclear arms race.