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Putin: Russia to suspend participation in last remaining nuclear treaty with U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday that Russia was suspending its participation in the New START nuclear arms control treaty — the last remaining arms control agreement between Washington and Moscow.

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The big picture: The announcement capped off Putin’s state of the nation address to Russian lawmakers in which he raged against the West with many of the same claims he has previously used to justify the war in Ukraine.

Catch up quick: The U.S. earlier this year accused Russia of violating the terms of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) pact by refusing to allow on-site inspections.

What they’re saying: “I am forced to announce today that Russia is suspending its participation in the strategic offensive arms treaty,” Putin said at the end of his major speech on Monday, just three days ahead of one year anniversary of the war in Ukraine.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken called the decision “deeply unfortunate and irresponsible.”

During his state of the nation address, Putin also railed against Western nations with his own version of history, relying on his oft-used claim that Russia was forced to invade Ukraine to defend itself against Western actions — a narrative the West and Ukraine have repeatedly rejected.

Putin also said Western sanctions put in place in response to the invasion were meant to “make the people suffer … but their calculation did not materialize.”

Between the lines: The Kremlin postponed last year’s address over Putin’s “work schedule,” though many linked the decision to a series of setbacks Russian forces faced on the ground in Ukraine.

What to watch: Biden, who is in Poland, is scheduled to give his own address on the war from Warsaw later Tuesday.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with Blinken and Stoltenberg’s comments.

Reference Axios

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