Representatives of the United States and Russia met in Geneva on Wednesday for new arms reduction talks. As US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at the June 16 summit in Geneva, this must be about questions of “strategic stability.” The talks will take place at the US Embassy in Geneva. Delegates are led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov on the Russian side and Wendy Sherman on the US side.
“Strategic stability” means a preventive balance: for both sides, the consequences of a nuclear-armed military attack are so negative that they have no incentive to start such a conflict.
Negotiations are seen as an important signal for global security. It is based on the only remaining major arms control agreement between the United States and Russia: the new Initial Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“Maintaining and strengthening strategic stability and opportunities for arms control are being discussed,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. According to reports from Washington, the meeting is aimed at “laying the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.”
Andrei Bakliski of the Russian Foreign Ministry University did not expect any definitive results. “It’s about getting to know each other and finding a basic understanding for both sides,” he told a conference of the Association of Journalists working at the UN (ACANU) in Geneva.
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