Vladimir Putin has suspended a nuclear arms treaty with the U.S. CNBC reports: 

President Vladimir Putin provided an assessment of Moscow’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine and the impact on Russia’s economy during his state of the nation address Tuesday. 

Putin accused Ukraine and the West of provoking the conflict with the expansion of NATO and new European anti-rocket defense systems. 

“They started the war, and we used the force in order to stop it,” Putin said according to a translation of the speech in Moscow. 

During the address, Putin also said Russia was suspending its participation in the New START treaty with the U.S. that limits the two sides’ strategic nuclear arsenals. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken later dubbed the decision “deeply unfortunate and irresponsible.” 

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