The White House Announces Intention to Negotiate Disarmament with Russia
“As for the New START Treaty, we will negotiate with the Russians on nuclear weapons and disarmament issues. It seems to me that the Russians and President Vladimir Putin are interested in this”, said the adviser to the American leader.
At the same time, he argued that the United States wasn't in a position to express its opinion on the future fate of the START Treaty, which expires in less than a year. “I don’t think we can predict this now”, said O'Brien. According to the information he presented, Russian-American contacts on disarmament and arms control issues, including those related to the START Treaty, will continue in the near future. However, O'Brien did not give any details.
In January, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Moscow did not intend to try to force Beijing to engage in an arms control dialogue with Washington.