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Dual Degree Students Meet Russian Ambassador to the United States

02.12.2017

MONTEREY, 2 DECEMBER 2017. PIR PRESS. There is a proposal to start research and development [on a missile prohibited under the INF Treaty]. It is not prohibited according to the Treaty, but it seems to be the first step of violation of the soul of the Treaty. […] For us, this is an indication that activities to create a new missile violating the Treaty are going on. The United States is engaged in preparatory work to withdraw from the Treaty. We consider this to be a mistake. We have offered the United States to sit together and discuss all issues of mutual concern, find solutions to these issues, and avoid making efforts provoking the other side to give an adequate answer,Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the United States of America.

Second-year students in the dual degree program established by Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in partnership with PIR Center in 2016, met Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov. During his trip to California, Ambassador held a number of meetings with students and faculty of the Middlebury Institute, as well as with associates of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies that hosted these events.

The meeting was dedicated to a wide range of issues related to nonproliferation, arms control, and strategic stability. The Iran deal, security on the Korean Peninsula, Russian initiatives at the Conference on Disarmament, CTBT were among issues discussed at this event.

Due to the recent discussions on the INF Treaty in U.S. Congress, Ambassador Antonov highlighted this issue: “There is a proposal to start research and development [on a missile prohibited under the INF Treaty]. It is not prohibited according to the Treaty, but it seems to be the first step of violation of the soul of the Treaty. […] For us, this is an indication that activities to create a new missile violating the Treaty are going on. The United States is engaged in preparatory work to withdraw from the Treaty. We consider this to be a mistake. We have offered the United States to sit together and discuss all issues of mutual concern, find solutions to these issues, and avoid making efforts provoking the other side to give an adequate answer.”

Addressing a question on Russian stance on the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, Anatoly Antonov claimed that like the President of the Russian Federation he supports the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons; however, Russia needs security assurances: How can we eliminate nuclear weapons if another country is developing strategic offensive forces in non-nuclear configuration? […] If there is a launch of a conventional missile, our early warning system will see it as a missile going in the direction of the Russian Federation. We do not know what kind of payload this missile carries. For us, this is an attack against the Russian Federation. What would be the answer? A strike of all possible missiles in the direction of the United States. It is rather difficult to find a solution to all such issues.”

Ambassador Antonov noted multiple times the necessity of dialogue between the Russian Federation and the United States on strategic stability. In reply to a question by PIR Center’s “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Adlan Margoev regarding the efforts that could help to promote this dialogue, Anatoly Antonov said: “What you are doing now is very important. […] There are a lot of ideas that I get from my colleagues whose positions are not bounded by restrictions from their governments. […] Frankly, I need your papers, reports, and books because I get a lot of interesting ideas from them. With some of those ideas I disagree; others find my support; on some of them, it is not a good time to start negotiations – I keep them for the future. But the ideas are excellent.”

For questions regarding the dual degree program and PIR Center’s educational program, please, contact Project Coordinator Anton Tamarovich by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or via e-mail tamarovich at pircenter.org.


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