Russian state-controlled media reported Monday that the United States had agreed to sell a submarine to the country that Russia has accused of violating the 1994 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Russian state-owned Rossiya 24 newspaper reported that the contract to buy the U.S. stealth submarine, which can carry nuclear weapons, was signed on Sunday.
The Russian-owned Tass news agency said the contract was signed with the U,S.
Navy, the Navy’s U.K.-based amphibious assault ship USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The deal was expected to be signed later Monday, the news agency reported.
The deal will allow the United Kingdom to keep a major American submarine stationed in the Baltic Sea for up to 20 years, it added.
Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti also reported that Moscow had signed an agreement to buy four submarines for Russia.
It did not say how much the deal was worth.