Russia challenges US compliance with nuclear arms treaty

October 08, 2018 - 10:39 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is challenging the U.S. claim that it has fulfilled its obligations under a pivotal nuclear arms deal, an argument that could further fuel tensions between Moscow and Washington.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday it "can't confirm" the latest U.S. State Department data indicating that the U.S. has complied with the thresholds set by the 2010 New START treaty. It limits each country to 1,550 deployed warheads and 700 missiles and bombers.

The ministry said the U.S. removed 56 Trident II submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles and 41 B-52H bombers from its nuclear arsenals after re-equipping them to carry conventional weapons. But it says the U.S. failed to let Russia verify the move in line with the treaty, and failed to list four land-based missile silos converted for training purposes.