New Russia’s initiative on nuclear arms control yet to be responded
The Trump administration announced that it would suspend its one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia,
The decision to stop complying with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty appear to signal the end of more than a half-century of traditional nuclear arms control, in which the key agreements were negotiated in Washington and Moscow.
Earlier Russia came up with an initiative to adopt at the highest level a joint statement on preventing nuclear war and strengthening strategic stability. The draft of the relevant document was transferred to the American side in October 2018. In a draft joint statement prepared by the Russian side, the presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, proposed “fixing” the intention of the two countries to act in order to avoid military confrontation and eliminate the possibility of a nuclear war, to take the necessary measures to prevent accidental or unauthorized use of nuclear weapons. “There can be no winners in a nuclear war, and it should never be unleashed,” the document emphasized.
Similar statements were previously made during the Cold War under Leonid Brezhnev. There is still no response from the United States to the new initiative of Russia.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website