Russian President Putin warns of dropping nuclear weapons treaty
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of global catastrophe if the United States keeps dismantling an international arms control regime.
Speaking to heads of international news agencies at an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, he said the United States shows no genuine interest in conducting talks on extending the New START treaty which caps the number of nuclear warheads well below the Cold War limits.
Putin said Russia is prepared to drop the nuclear weapons treaty with the United States if no one feels to extend it.
The treaty was signed by US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Prague in 2010 and it expires in 2021.