The U.S. and Russia still account for about 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads. A tangle of arms control agreements kept these in check during the Cold War.
The U.S. has accused Russia of violating the New START treaty, which caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads the two countries can deploy, saying Moscow is refusing to allow inspection activities on its territory.
Russia says it is inappropriate to invite the U.S. military to its strategic facilities at the moment – implying the U.S. backing of Ukraine after Russia’s invasion was hindering inspections. However, Russia claims it will stick to other New START terms and limitations.
Between the two, the U.S. and Russia still account for about 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads.