Russian lawmakers back Putin's suspension of plutonium deal
MOSCOW — The lower house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved Wednesday President Vladimir Putin's move to suspend a deal with the United States on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium.
Amid growing strains between Moscow and Washington, most recently over the conflict in Syria, Putin has cited the "emerging threat to strategic stability as a result of U.S. unfriendly actions" for his decision. He has also noted a failure by the U.S. to meet its end of the deal.
Under the agreement, which was first signed in 2000 and hailed as a symbol of the rapprochement between the... read more