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Nuclear war preparation? Russia dissolves bomb-grade plutonium disposal contract with U.S. and demands lifting of all sanctions in return
Vladimir Putin, Russia, plutonium disposal contract, nuclear control agreement, USA, politics, bomb-grade plutonium

Vladimir Putin decided to annul an imporatant agreement aimed at nuclear controling. The reason of such step stated as “unfriendly” actions of the United States towards Russia and existing troubles preventing steady relationships between the two countries.

In a document announced on Monday, Russia stops an agreement to dispose of surplus plutonium because of “a drastic change in circumstances, the appearance of a threat to strategic stability due to unfriendly actions of the United States toward Russia", reports UNIAN.

The document claimed that Washington was "unable" to meet its obligations under the terms of the agreement and that Moscow "must take urgent measures to defend Russian security".

The Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PMDA) was an arrangement for reprocessing weapons-grade material into fuel for nuclear reactors. The deal, first negotiated by Vladimir Putin and Bill Clinton in 2000 and updated in 2010, committed both countries to disposing of at least 34 tonnes of bomb-grade plutonium, enough to produce around 17,000 nuclear weapons. The U.S. Department of State praised the deal at the time as an “essential step in the nuclear disarmament process”. 

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