• Affiliation : Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education, Chairman of the Management Board, Russkiy Mir Foundation
  • Position : Deputy Minister
  • Affiliation : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Affiliation : Director, Senior Research Associate, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Affiliation : Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the CNS; Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the CISAC; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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International conference on “New START Signed, What's Next?


 p5958_1.jpgOn June 25, 2010 PIR Center jointly with the Ploughshares Fund held an international conference “New START Signed, What's Next?” More than 100 participants from 18 countries and 10 Russian cities attended the conference. Aide to the Russian President Sergey Prikhodko sent his welcoming address to the participants.

The first panel of the conference was devoted to the US-Russia regional cooperation in Europe and the Middle East. In his introduction, panels's moderator Vyacheslav Nikonov, Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, noted that “Reset in the US-Russia relations is a great foreign policy success. Today President Barack Obama is viewed as the first US president who thinks in post-Cold War categories.”

p5958_2.jpgDeputy Director General of Rosatom State Corporation Nikolai Spassky presented his view on the nonproliferation challenges in the Middle East: “Middle East exemplifies all controversies characterize the nonproliferation regime today. It is necessary to strengthen and improve the systems voluntarily restrictions which develop the IAEA Additional Protocol, Code 3.1 on the early provision of design information, decisions of the G8 and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. In general, even in the example of the Middle East with all its immanent tensions, we can see that by using a comprehensive approach we can preserve the nonproliferation regime.”

According to the Director and Senior Researcher of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Sharon Squassoni, the Russian Federation and the United States have a lot of fields for mutual cooperation: “We need to develop US-Russian cooperation in such directions as Iran and the entire region of Middle East, creation of nuclear fuel reserves and international uranium enrichment centers, strengthening IAEA safeguards and progress on an FMCT. The Russian Federation and the United States should be leaders in further developing nuclear nonproliferation regime.” p5958_3.jpg

Presentations of the Head of Russian Delegation during the new START Treaty negotiations, Director of Department for Security and Disarmament of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Antonov and US Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller were devoted to the prospects of further arms control agreements. In her speech the US Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller spoke in detail about US-Russian relations in the field of disarmament.

“The New START Treaty continues a narrative begun near the end of the Cold War that recognizes the need to eliminate the paralyzing threat of nuclear war by reducing – and ultimately eliminating – nuclear weapons. As long as nuclear weapons exist, the United States will maintain a safe, secure, and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee the defense of our allies. But with this new Treaty, we are setting the stage for further arms reductions,” – the US Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller noted.p5958_4.jpg

During the conference, SUPR (Council on Sustainable Partnership with Russia) Group which is intended to strengthen the US-Russian partnership in key areas of international security was presented. SUPR intends to conduct a meeting to identify directions of its work.

You can find the materials of the Conference on PIRCenter's website section Conference “New START Sighed: What's Next?”

For more detailed information on the conference, please, contact  Conference Coordinator Elena Geleskul by phone +7 (495) 987-1915, fax +7 (495) 987-1914 or via e-mail: [email protected]