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Putin Signs Law Ending Russia’s Commitment to Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially signed a law that terminates Russia’s adherence to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a significant international agreement aimed at banning all nuclear tests.

According to the text of the law published on Russia’s legal portal, Moscow will no longer be bound by the UN-supported nuclear test ban treaty effective November 2.

Both Russia and the United States signed the treaty back in 1996. However, while Moscow ratified it in 2000, the United States never took the final step of formalizing it into domestic law.

Other countries that have not ratified the treaty include China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, as well as Egypt and Iran, both of which have not yet developed nuclear weapons of their own.

As a result, the CTBT has never been put into effect because it was not ratified by all the necessary signatories.

In early October, Putin mentioned that revoking Russia’s ratification of the treaty would “reflect [Russia’s] relationship with the United States.”

Previously, the Kremlin denied any intention to conduct nuclear weapons tests if they proceeded with de-ratification.

“The President was primarily referring to the need to align the existing situation with that of the U.S.,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in October.

As Russian lawmakers progressed through the legal process to de-ratify the CTBT in recent weeks, there were reports of both Russia and the United States conducting high-explosive tests and nuclear strike exercises, raising concerns about the possibility of a new arms race between the two nations.

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