Senior Policy Director John Erath spoke with U.S. News & World Report about the Russian suspension of New START.
“This is another ingredient in that stew,” he adds. “And like much Russian food, it is lacking in nutritional value.”
Erath suggests that Putin thinks he can trade on the promise of resuming Russia’s obligations to the treaty to convince the U.S. to cease its support for Ukraine’s goals in the war and to acknowledge the Russian army’s gains.
“In that sense, the announcement is a big deal symbolically,” Erath says, adding that Secretary of State Antony Blinken was right to call the statement “unfortunate and irresponsible.” Read more