US stops sharing nuke data with Russia over Moscow’s noncompliance with New START treaty, officials say
The United States has stopped sharing nuclear data with Russia due to Moscow's noncompliance with the New START treaty, according to officials. The treaty, which was signed in 2010, limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads and delivery systems that each country can possess. The decision to stop sharing nuclear data with Russia comes after the US accused Moscow of violating the treaty by developing a new missile system that can travel at hypersonic speeds. The US claims that the missile system, known as the 9M729, violates the range limits set by the treaty. The New START treaty is set to expire in February 2021, and negotiations between the US and Russia to extend the treaty have stalled. The US has called for China to be included in any new arms control agreement, but China has refused to participate in talks. The decision to stop sharing nuclear data with Russia is a significant escalation in tensions between the two countries. It also raises concerns about the possibility of a new arms race, as both countries continue to develop new nuclear weapons and delivery systems. The US has already withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which banned the development and deployment of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. The US accused Russia of violating the treaty by developing a new missile system, and Moscow denied the allegations. The withdrawal from the INF treaty and the decision to stop sharing nuclear data with Russia are part of a broader trend of deteriorating relations between the US and Russia. The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, including Russia's annexation of Crimea, its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The decision to stop sharing nuclear data with Russia is a clear signal that the US is taking a tougher stance on arms control and nuclear proliferation. It remains to be seen whether this will lead to a new arms race or whether negotiations between the US and Russia can be revived to prevent a further escalation of tensions.