The United States Department of State said on Thursday that Russia's suspension of the New START treaty is "legally invalid" and that Moscow is "violating the treaty by failing to fulfill" many obligations from the agreement, APA reports citing Teletrader.
Washington announced "four lawful countermeasures" to respond to the alleged violations but pointed out that it "continues to abide by the treaty's central limits" and that it notified Russia in advance about the countermeasures that can be reversed.
Listing the countermeasures, the US said it did not provide its latest biannual data update to Russia as Moscow first failed to share its own information, contrary to the treaty. Russia similarly withheld notifications about the status or location of its missiles and launchers, and the US will stop sharing that information from June 1. In addition, Washington will refrain from "facilitating... inspection activities on US territory" and "will not be providing telemetric information on launches of US ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] and SLBMs [submarine-launched ballistic missiles]."