Sergey Rogov: “Russian-American Conference on Arms Control”

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Subject: Russian-American Conference on Arms Control
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2019
From: Sergey Rogov <>

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On April 9-10 the Institute of USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences organized in Moscow a Russian-American workshop on nuclear arms control with participation of many well known experts from the two countries. The participants signed the following statement:

Statement by Participants of the Russian-American Conference on Arms Control, April 9-10, 2019, Moscow

As American and Russian experts in national security affairs, we are deeply concerned by the deterioration of the international security environment, the prospect of heightened competition among major powers in the strategic realm, and the increased risk of military confrontation that could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. We encourage our two governments to counteract these disturbing developments and promote strategic stability, including by:

  • Reaffirming the Reagan-Gorbachev understanding that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought;
  • Extending the New START Treaty until 2026 as allowed by article XIV of the Treaty;
  • Ensuring that the likely end of the INF Treaty does not result in a new arms race;
  • Holding regular, high-level talks to consider the implications for strategic stability and arms control of a range of technological and strategic developments, including:
    • Emerging technologies with potential strategic implications;
      New kinds of offensive, nuclear-capable systems;
      Non-strategic nuclear weapons;
    • Conventional systems with strategic implications, including missile defenses and conventional strike systems; and
    • Third-country strategic capabilities.

We believe our two countries should also work together and with other parties to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to ensure the success of the 2020 NPT Review Conference.
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