Putin Signs Law Revoking Russian Ratification Of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

President Vladimir Putin on November 2 signed into law Russia's de-ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), according to the government website. The move, which comes amid heightened tensions with the West, was initiated last month by Putin, who said it would “mirror” the position of the United States. The United States is among five countries that signed but never ratified the 1996 pact. The treaty, which prohibits tests involving nuclear explosions, has made such tests taboo. Only North Korea has carried out such a test this century, most recently in September 2017. To read the original story by RFE/RL's Russian Service, click here.

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Tsar Bomba Nuclear Test in USSR