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  • Affiliation : Deputy Director General, Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation
  • Position : Deputy Minister
  • Affiliation : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Affiliation : Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education, Chairman of the Management Board, Russkiy Mir Foundation
  • Affiliation : Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the CNS; Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the CISAC; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Affiliation : Director, Senior Research Associate, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
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International conference “New START Signed, What's Next?” 25.06.2010

On June 25, 2010 PIR Center jointly with the Ploughshares Fund held an international conference “New START Signed, What's Next?” More than 100 participants from 18 countries and 10 Russian cities attended the conference. Aide to the Russian President Sergey Prikhodko sent his welcoming address to the participants.

The first panel of the conference was devoted to the US-Russia regional cooperation in Europe and the Middle East. In his introduction, panels's moderator Vyacheslav Nikonov, Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, noted that “Reset in the US-Russia relations is a great foreign policy success. Today President Barack Obama is viewed as the first US president who thinks in post-Cold War categories.”

Deputy Director General of Rosatom State Corporation Nikolai Spassky presented his view on the nonproliferation challenges in the Middle East: “Middle East exemplifies all controversies characterize the nonproliferation regime today. It is necessary to strengthen and improve the systems voluntarily restrictions which develop the IAEA Additional Protocol, Code 3.1 on the early provision of design information, decisions of the G8 and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. In general, even in the example of the Middle East with all its immanent tensions, we can see that by using a comprehensive approach we can preserve the nonproliferation regime.”

According to the Director and Senior Researcher of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Sharon Squassoni, the Russian Federation and the United States have a lot of fields for mutual cooperation: “We need to develop US-Russian cooperation in such directions as Iran and the entire region of Middle East, creation of nuclear fuel reserves and international uranium enrichment centers, strengthening IAEA safeguards and progress on an FMCT. The Russian Federation and the United States should be leaders in further developing nuclear nonproliferation regime.”

Presentations of the Head of Russian Delegation during the new START Treaty negotiations, Director of Department for Security and Disarmament of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Antonov and US Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller were devoted to the prospects of further arms control agreements. In her speech the US Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller spoke in detail about US-Russian relations in the field of disarmament.

“The New START Treaty continues a narrative begun near the end of the Cold War that recognizes the need to eliminate the paralyzing threat of nuclear war by reducing – and ultimately eliminating – nuclear weapons. As long as nuclear weapons exist, the United States will maintain a safe, secure, and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee the defense of our allies. But with this new Treaty, we are setting the stage for further arms reductions,” – the US Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller noted.

During the conference, SUPR (Council on Sustainable Partnership with Russia) Group which is intended to strengthen the US-Russian partnership in key areas of international security was presented. SUPR intends to conduct a meeting to identify directions of its work.



Meterials of the Conference:

1. Sergey PRIKHODKO, Assistant of the Russian President

2. Nikolay SPASSKY, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Director General, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (in Russian)

3. Rose GOTTEMOELLER, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State

4. Bilyana TSVETKOVA, Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

5. David HOFFMAN, "A Bear in the Woods”//Foreing Policy.

6. Summary of the Conference "New START signed: What's Next?" (in Russian)

7. Voice of America - New START Treaty Lessons (in Russian)

8. RIA Novosti - "US Senate May Ratify New START Treaty This Autumn", - Said Expert (in Russian)

9. Prime-TASS - START Treaty: From Tactics to Strategy (in Russian)