February 21, 2023 12:00 GMT
Stoltenberg-We Urge Russia To Reconsider New START Treaty Suspension
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Speaking alongside Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and EU High Rep for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reacts to Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Russian Federal Assembly earlier today. Stoltenberg: 'We regret decision of Russia to suspend its participation on New START treaty...we urge Russia to Reconsider this decision.' Russia suspending its participation in New START could significantly obscure the buildup of nuclear warheads by Russia, raising tensions with the US.
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