Russia accused the United States of violating the provisions of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3). According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Americans have underestimated the real number of deployed and non-deployed launchers and strategic bombers.
At the end of March this year, the United States and Russia exchanged new data on nuclear arsenals. According to them, Russia has increased the number of nuclear warheads and their carriers, while the United States, on the contrary, has reduced it. During the reporting period, Russia increased the number of nuclear warheads by nine, bringing their total to 1456 (up from 1447 in September last year). The United States has reduced the number of nuclear warheads by 100, bringing their number to 1357; in September 2020, the report indicated 1457 warheads.
During the same period, Russia put into operation three carriers of nuclear weapons, indicating the number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers - 517, as of September last year there were 510. The United States showed a reduction in carriers of nuclear weapons by 24 units, indicating 651 carriers (September 2020 - 675 ).
In addition, Russia increased the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers by three, indicating their number equal to 767. In turn, the United States noted that their number of launchers has not changed compared to the previous reporting period and remained the same - 800 pieces.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the number of American launchers and heavy bombers exceeds the number allowed by the treaty by 101 units. The United States unilaterally removed 56 SLBM (submarine ballistic missile) launchers and 41 B-52H strategic bomber from the offset.
However, the re-equipment of the launchers was carried out in such a way that Russia cannot confirm their unsuitability for the use of nuclear weapons. In addition, the US has renamed four mines "training" and refuses to include them on the list, although the treaty does not include such a category as "training mines".
The United States does not admit Russia's accusations, claiming the accuracy of the information provided. Recall that according to the agreement, Russia and the United States must exchange data on nuclear arsenals every six months.