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Further Reductions: Others Welcome to Join

20.06.2013

MOSCOW, JUNE 20, 2013. PIR PRESS – Despite the commitments undertaken under the NPT, there is no evidence that Britain, China and France are willing to join the U.S.-Russian disarmament process. The three countries continue to claim that even after Russia and the United States have implemented the reductions mandated by the New START treaty, they will have to press ahead with further reductions on a bilateral basis. The strategic arms reduction process cannot remain bilateral indefinitely,” – Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Dr. Anatoly Antonov for Security Index journal.

The New START treaty between Russia and the United States has stipulated a large number of measures which must be accomplished within a clearly defined time frame. The question is what next? Are deeper strategic offensive arms reductions after the expiration of New START possible, or indeed necessary? Strategic offensive arms reductions are not an end in themselves. The notion of such reductions initially aimed to maintain the security of parties at lower levels of nuclear arsenals.

Analyzing determining factors and possible scenarios, Dr. Anatoly Antonov, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, in his article for Security Index journal (No 2, Spring 2013) calls for the establishment of a new multilateral regime.

“Despite the commitments undertaken in the NPT, there is no evidence that Britain, China and France are willing to join the U.S.-Russian disarmament process. The three countries continue to claim that even after Russia and the United States have implemented the reductions mandated by the New START treaty, they will have to press ahead with further reductions on a bilateral basis. The strategic arms reduction process cannot remain bilateral indefinitely. Even at this stage Britain, France and China can make their contribution. To begin with, they could undertake a commitment not to increase their nuclear arsenals,” – writes Dr. Anatoly Antonov.

The author emphasizes: “It is quite clear that at this moment, Russia’s security does not depend solely on the balance of strategic nuclear arsenals with the United States”. On what other factors depends the Russia’s security? Look for the answer inside the article “Further Nuclear Arms Limitation: Factors and Prospects” by Anatoly Antonov.

The full Summary of the Security Index journal No 2 (103), Spring 2013 is available at our website. We hope you will enjoy the analytics and discussions on the pages of the Security Index – the Russian journal on international security!

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