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Kremlin suspends nuclear treaty with Washington

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended a treaty with the Washington on cleaning up weapons-grade plutonium yesterday.

According to foreign media the treaty, which was signed by the two countries in 2000, is one of the agreements that Russia and the United States had signed to reduce the size of their nuclear arsenals.

The treaty binds Russia and the US to dispose of surplus plutonium originally intended for use in nuclear weapons.

Russia has attributed unfriendly acts by Washington as the primary reason of its decision to suspend the said treaty. The suspension of the accord has come on the heels of Washington’s announcement of suspending talks with Russia on trying to end the violence in Syria.