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Putin pulls Russia out of nuclear test ban treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation Thursday de-ratifying an international nuclear weapons treaty.

The law withdraws Russia from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), originally signed in 1996 and ratified in 2000.

Russian officials have characterized the country’s withdrawal from the treaty as a move toward equality with Western powers.

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said last month that Moscow will continue to respect the ban and will only resume nuclear tests if Washington does so first. 

The Kremlin noted U.S. nuclear tests at the end of October that used chemicals and radioisotopes to “validate new predictive explosion models” that can help detect atomic blasts in other countries

Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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