Putin Announces Suspension of New START Treaty, Orders New Strategic Systems Be Put on Combat Duty
"They [the West] seek to inflict a strategic defeat on us and to creep onto our nuclear sites. In connection with this, I am forced to announce today that Russia is suspending its participation in the New START Treaty. I repeat - not exiting from the treaty, but suspending its participation," Putin said, speaking to gathered lawmakers in Moscow during his speech to the Federal Assembly.
"I don't even know what to call this - some kind of theater of the absurd. We know that the West is involved directly in attempts of the Kiev regime to strike the bases of our strategic aviation," Putin said, pointing to recent Ukrainian drone attacks on Russia's Engels Air Base, home to part of the airborne contingent of Russia's nuclear triad.