Putin revokes Russia’s ratification of the treaty prohibiting nuclear tests. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has withdrawn his nation’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), claiming that this action is an effort to align Moscow with the United States.
Thursday marked the signing of the new law to withdraw from the historic agreement prohibiting nuclear weapons tests, one week after the Federation Council of Russia’s upper house unanimously approved it.
The measure had been expeditiously passed by the State Duma, the lower house, before this. Thursday, following Putin’s signature, the legislation was signed into law.
Although the 1996 treaty proscribed all nuclear explosions and live tests of atomic weapons, it was rendered ineffective due to the non-ratification of several crucial nations.
As a “mirror” of the United States, which has signed but not yet ratified the treaty, Moscow declared its intention to resign from the agreement on October 6.
However, the potential consequence of the revocation of the resumption of nuclear weapon tests by Russia remains uncertain.
Putin stated on October 5: “I am aware of demands to initiate nuclear weapons testing. I am not yet prepared to make a definitive statement regarding the necessity of conducting experiments.
Earlier this month, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that Moscow would continue to adhere to the moratorium and would only resume nuclear tests if the United States did the same.
The official stated, “As our president stated, we must remain vigilant; if the United States moves towards initiating nuclear tests, we will be obligated to respond in kind.”
Hours following the vote in the upper chamber, the Russian military executed a “massive” nuclear strike exercise in retaliation.
Putin oversaw the exercise, which included the demonstration launch of missiles from a land-based silo, a nuclear submarine, and a long-range bomber aircraft.
The United States expressed “disturbed” by Russia’s decision to revoke the CTBT ratification earlier this month.
“The US Department of State stated, “An action of this nature by any state party unduly endangers the international norm against nuclear explosive testing.”
The State Department further stated that Russia ought not to employ “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric and arms control in an attempt to coerce other states.” This appeared to imply that Russia was exerting pressure on the United States and other nations that are assisting Ukraine in its conflict with Russian forces.
Putin has repeatedly cited Russia’s nuclear doctrine since the invasion of the neighboring nation.
New START is the sole bilateral nuclear weapons treaty between Washington and Moscow following the CTBT’s abandonment. Under this treaty, the two countries conducted routine inspections of one another’s atomic facilities and imposed restrictions on the number of warheads.
In February, Russia suspended the treaty. Its expiration date is early 2026.
Ryabkov stated last week that the Kremlin had been presented with informal US proposals to recommence discussions on matters about arms control and strategic stability “in isolation from the current events.”
Nevertheless, according to him, Moscow considers a return to such dialogue “absolutely impossible” without a shift in the United States’ “deeply fundamentally hostile course towards Russia.”