The response of NATO and the United States to Putin on the nuclear deal. Last Minute Russia, Greece news headlines and events


Continuing his contacts in Greece, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken criticized Russia’s decision to suspend its participation in the New START nuclear arms control agreement to which it is a party. Blinken said the decision was irresponsible and that the United States would be keeping a close eye on what Moscow was actually doing.

“Russia’s announcement that it is suspending participation is extremely unfortunate and irresponsible. We will keep a close eye on what Russia is actually doing. Of course, in any case, we will make sure that we are properly prepared to ensure the security of our own country. and our allies,” Blinken told reporters in Athens.

Blinken left the door open for negotiations to resume at any moment. “Regardless of what happens in the world or in our relations, we are always ready to talk with Russia about the limitation of strategic arms,” the US Secretary of State said.

“The world expects the two major nuclear powers to act responsibly,” Blinken said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s decision made the world more dangerous and urged Moscow to rethink the situation.

“More nuclear weapons and less gun control will make the world a more dangerous place,” Stoltenberg told reporters along with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell.

In response to Putin’s accusations that the West is trying to destroy Russia, Stoltenberg launched an invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago, claiming that Moscow was the main aggressor.

“President Putin is the one who started this imperialist war of conquest. Putin is preparing for new wars, as he made clear today. Putin must not win. It would be dangerous for our own security and for the whole world,” said the NATO Secretary. the general said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his Address to the Nation on the eve of February 24, the first year of the start of the war with Ukraine, said that they were suspending their participation in the New START signed with the United States and aimed at deterring the intercontinental nuclear capabilities of ballistic missiles.

The 2010 agreement between Moscow and Washington limits the number of nuclear warheads that the world’s two largest nuclear powers can deploy. The deal expires in 2026.

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