- The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) was signed in 2010 by Russia and the United States and entered into force in 2011.
- New START replaced the 1991 START I treaty, which expired in 2009, and superseded the 2002 Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT).
- New START caps the United States and Russia each at no more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and nuclear-capable bombers and no more than 1,550 deployed strategic warheads.
- The Treaty also allows for verification inspections and information-sharing.
Why in News?
- Recently, Russia announced that Moscow was unilaterally suspending the New START treaty, stating that the West was trying to destroy Russia.
- It is the last remaining arms reduction agreement between the two countries.