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On April 8, 2010, the day when the New START Treaty was signed, PIR Center in collaboration with the Ploughshares Fund established the Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group. The SuPR Group's main objective is to support continuing and long-lasting success in the efforts by the Russian Federation and the United States to work as partners on two of the most important issues on the global security agenda: nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament.

US-Russia.jpgAll members of the SuPR Group are leading experts on U.S.-Russian relations, nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. The Group also includes one media representative from each side to make its work transparent for the public in both countries.

On February 2-3, 2011, the SuPR Group met in Gstaad, Switzerland, to discuss the next steps in nuclear disarmament. SuPR Group members also discussed how both countries could better work together on the most urgent regional nuclear nonproliferation challenge – the Middle East. As a result of the meeting, several recommendations to the U.S. and Russian presidents were formulated. The expert recommendations sent to the White House and Kremlin received substantial press attention and the expert responses from Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of The Department for security and disarmament, and Director of Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Gen. (retired) Leonid Reshetnikov.

On December 6-7, 2011 in Washington D.C. PIR Center together with Ploughshares Fund held meeting of Sustainable Partnership with Russia(SuPR) Group on the “Future of the Russian-US Strategic Dialogue: Beyond Deterrence – Building a Sustainable Agenda”. At the meeting, presentations were also made by Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism Gary Samore, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in the USA Sergey Kislyak. The SuPR members also held a briefing with top US experts on international security issues and bilateral relations.

On March 14, 2012 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his public speech gave positive assessment of SuPR work. He mentioned “I would like to emphasize the initiative of PIR Center and Ploughshares Fund to establish Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group. On February 2011 the SuPR Group held the meeting, afterwards the expert recommendations were prepared. These are competent and professional recommendations. They were sent to the President and now we examine these ideas”.

SuPR Group Members

Additional materials of SuPR

Photo gallery


For all questions related to SUPR, please contact us by tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14.

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"Despite the difficulties arising from the declaration of Russia's withdrawal from the ISTC, the organization is actively working on plans for its reform.  This new direction will be critical for Russia, since the ISTC does not completely exclude the possibility of the resumption of cooperation with its Russian partners. Such cooperation will not be possible under the ISTC itself since the withdrawal process is irreversible . Russia, however, does not rule out the possibility of joining a new organization, created on the basis of the ISTC as a result of its reforms."

Alexander Cheban, Representative of the Security Index journal in Ukraine

20 years of cooperation: What next?

ISTC.pngRussia's decision to withdraw from the ISTC in 2013 along with the news on the possible termination of cooperation between Russia and the United States under the Nunn–Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program may call into question not only the bilateral Russian-American cooperation in the field of nuclear security, but may also negatively impact on global nuclear security agenda.

To avoid this, the PIR Center is implementing the project on “The Future of the Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security". Beginning in 2013, the Russia-U.S. expert group will be operating within the frameworks of the project, which includes leading scientists and experts from both countries. The Group members will present their recommendations to the governments of Russia and the United States.

Key issues of the project:

  • Prospects for further Russia-U.S. bilateral and multilateral cooperation on nuclear security
  • Development of nuclear technologies and future of nonproliferation
  • Stability of existing international cooperation mechanisms for nuclear security

PIR Center Project:

  • ·On April 19, 2012 PIR Center in cooperation with the ISTC and the U.S. Department of State held an International seminar on Lessons and Prospects for Multilateral Cooperation on Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation;
  • ·PIR Center's Consultant Dmitry Kovchegin participated in the 2012 Seoul NSS activities
  • ·Meeting of the Trialogue Club International was organized with the participation of Ambassador-at-Large Vadim Lukov, which reviewed the current nuclear security activities of the G8 and G20

In 2013 a Study by PIR Center’s expert Working Group on Global Partnership and Russia-U.S. cooperation in nuclear security is published in Russian. The full text of the Study and its executive summary  are available at PIR Center website.

Description of the Project (in pdf format)

Concept of the project

Executive Summary of the PIR Center report on

international cooperation in WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security field

PIR Center's Study on international cooperation in WMD nonproliferation and nuclear security

Please do not hesitate to contact Research Fellow Alexander Cheban should you have any questions, ideas or comments on this project at phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, email: [email protected]

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“Russia needs a modern army capable of mounting an adequate response to any challenges and threats, especially external ones."

General Nikolay Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces

On October 14, 2008, speaking at the meeting of the Defense Ministry board, Minister Anatoly Serdukov announced the beginning of a new stage of military reform. The reform affects all the key areas: increasing number of militaries, the central command structures, the organizational and stuff structure, and the officer training system. It also includes a phased rearmament program to equip the Russian Armed Forces with the latest weaponry and military hardware. 12-01-23_MIL.jpg

PIR Center has been keeping a close eye on the reform’s progress, devoting many pages of coverage to the issue in Russian edition of the Security Index journal and its International edition.


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«The 20-year history of relations between Ukraine and Russia as independent nations has demonstrated that there is no alternative to further developing our strategic partnership based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and pragmatism. There has been plenty of evidence that all other models of dialogue are unproductive and run counter to the national interests of our country and, I am sure, of the Russian Federation as well ».

From the interview with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Russian Federation Volodymyr Yelchenko for Security Index Journal

12-03-01_RUC.jpgParticular attention is paid to peaceful nuclear energy issues and participation of Ukraine in the work of TheInternational Uranium Enrichment Center in Angarsk. For example, Margarita Klochkova prepared report «Prospects of cooperation between Russia and CIS countries in the sphere of nuclear energy (the case of Ukraine)».


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