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The Security Index occasional paper series came out with papers "Prospects and significance of nuclear arms control" by Evgeny Buzhinskiy and "The future of nuclear arms control" by Amy Woolf

28.02.2020

MOSCOW. FEBRUARY 28. PIR PRESS. – The Security Index occasional paper series came out with papers "Prospects and significance of nuclear arms control" by Evgeny Buzhinskiy and "The future of nuclear arms control" by Amy Woolf

"After U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty it has become obvious that nearly fifty years old history of nuclear arms control is coming to its end.

The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021 and there is little doubt that it will be the end of it. It could be extended if both countries agree (they should express their intention to extend the treaty not later than September 2, 2020). Given the current tensions between the two countries, such an extension would be a practical way forward. However even this relatively straightforward step is in doubt. President Trump condemned New START as one of the “bad deals” negotiated under his predecessor (I’m sure that in view of a certain group of US politicians and experts the Treaty is “bad” because it does not contain special limitations for Russian MIRVed and heavy ICBMs). There are also forces in the United States that believe (for different reasons) it is not in the U.S. interests to participate in the START", - Lieutenant-General (retired), Chairman of the PIR Center's Executive Board Evgeny Buzhinskiy

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"Relations between the United States and Russia have shifted over time—sometimes inreassuring and sometimes in concerning ways—yet most experts agree that each nation is the only one that poses, through its arsenal of nuclear weapons, an existential threat to other. Over the years, the two nations have signed numerous arms control treaties in an effort to restrain and reduce the number and capabilities of their nuclear weapons, but both still deploy more than 1,550 warheads on missiles and bombers that can reach the other nation’s territory. The collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the possible expiration of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in 2021 may signal the end to mutual restraint and limits on such weapons", - a Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy at the Congressional Research Service Amy Woolf

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These papers have been produced for the joint PIR Center – CSIS project "Reducing nuclear risks during Great Powers Competition?" We thank our partners in CSIS for their cooperation and support for this publication.

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