Friday marks the 20th anniversary of enactment of an agreement that warns Moscow and Washington against targeting strategic nuclear missiles at each other. The document was negotiated by then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin and US counterpart Bill Clinton in January 1994. Evgeniy Buzhinskiy, Lieutenant-General Retired and PIR Center Vice-President, explained the significanse and the symbolism of the document and also voiced his opinion about the possibility of a nuclear war occuring in the near future during his interview with VR.
Russian nuclear inspectors visited the US Malmstrom Air Force Base earlier this month to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, FOX TV has reported, according to RIA Novosti.
US Defense Department on Tuesday announced a US strategic force structure designed to comply with the 2011 US-Russia arms control treaty, or the New START.
The Russian Defence Ministry is considering the suspension of receiving groups of foreign inspectors in keeping with commitments under the START treaty and the Vienna Document of 2011, a high-ranking source in the Defence Ministry said on March 8.
The United States has started the deployment of its missile defense ships in Europe. In response to the announcement the Russian Foreign Ministry’s top disarmament official warned Russian might withdraw from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty if the US continues boosting its anti-missile capabilities. Alice Slater, a New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, talked with the Voice of Russia very own Yevgeniy Sukhoi about the prospects of future disarmament.
The US deployed a ballistic missile defense destroyer to Spain to boost NATO’s anti-missile shield in Europe. Washington says the deployment is aimed at curbing possible missile threats from Iran while Russia considers the move as a national security threat.
If the US continues to boost its anti-missile capabilities through developing missile defense system in Europe, Russia may have no other option but to withdraw from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), warns the Russian Foreign Ministry’s top disarmament official, Mikhail Ulyanov. The news comes as the US's ballistic missile defense destroyer has been deployed in Spain to strengthen NATO’s anti-missile shield in Europe.
Russian parliament has urged the so-called “nuclear club” of nations possessing atomic weapons to boost “parliamentary diplomacy” among its members in order to build trust in terms of non-proliferation, test bans and armaments reductions.
Decommissioned Russian warheads are fueling “approximately half of the nuclear energy in the United States,” a senior US State Department official said Wednesday.
Russia will not accept further strategic arms cuts until NATO and the US drop plans to develop a unilateral missile defence system, arm intercontinental missiles with non-nuclear warheads, deploy weapons in space and build up conventional forces in potential conflict areas.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller discussed aspects of missile defense and strategic stability, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
Any upcoming treaties on nuclear arms reductions will have to involve all countries that have atomic weapons at their disposal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
Russia will not allow violating the balance in the strategic deterrent system and lowering the efficiency of its nuclear force, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a conference on state defence order.
Russia will not accept the US’ proposal to reduce nuclear arsenals to the levels that were in place during Kennedy’s presidency. Moscow made it clear three years ago that it would not reconsider the provisions of the nuclear reduction treaty within the next few years.
Moscow finds it necessary to implement the existing START treaty and find an acceptable form of resolving the problem of missile defense before discussing the proposal of US President Barack Obama on the reduction of the nuclear potentials of Russia and the United States, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.
The US's President Barack Obama has suggested to cut down the Russian and the American nuclear arsenals more by one third than the Russian-US treaty, which was adopted in 2010, suggests. Mr. Obama, who is currently visiting Germany, said this in Berlin on Wednesday.
President Vladimir Putin finds it impossible "to permit a violation of the balance in the system of strategic deterrence or a decline in the efficiency of Russian nuclear forces."
Russia was informed in Lough Erne that Washington intended to propose further nuclear arms reduction but thought that other possessors of nuclear arms were to get involved as well, Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide Yury Ushakov said at a briefing in Moscow.
Asian countries are not in a hurry to disarm themselves, and moreover, the nuclear potential of the countries in the region has significantly grown in the past year. This conclusion was made by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is being implemented as planned, US Secretary of State John Kerry says in the article published in the Foreign Policy weekly. Today marks three years since President Barack Obama and the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new START in Prague.