On Monday it became known that President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the withdrawal of Russia from the Treaty with the United States to destroy weapons-grade plutonium. In the document published on the website of the state Duma, specifies the conditions for resuming cooperation on this issue. These conditions are three: they relate to the American presence in the NATO, anti-Russian sanctions and the plan for the disposal of plutonium.
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According to the first paragraph, Russia expects the U.S. government will reduce military infrastructure and troops in the countries that joined NATO after 2000, to a level at which they were at the time of signing the agreement. Recall that the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Albania.
The second paragraph States that the United States should abandon the “hostile policy” towards Russia. In particular, Moscow needs to repeal the act of Sergei Magnitsky and anti-Russian provisions on freedom support of Ukraine. In addition, the United States should abolish all sanctions against the subjects of the Russian Federation, Russian legal entities and individuals.
The final condition implies that the United States will provide “a clear plan for the irreversible plutonium disposition”.
Recall that in the adopted decree of the President of the Russian Federation the need for the suspension of cooperation in plutonium is largely due to the unfriendly actions of the US and the emergence of a “strategic threat”. Russia was also dissatisfied with how the United States disposed of the plutonium, leaving the opportunity to revisit it in the Armory.
Read more about the reasons for the suspension of cooperation in our material.