Rose Gottemoeller, the assistant secretary of state for verification, compliance, and implementation© AFP 2013/ Kirill Kudryavtsev
- Options Open for Obama to Slash Nukes
- New Obama National Security Team Realistic on Russia: Analysts
- Russians Welcome Obama Reelection
- U.S.-Russia Commission Discusses New START Implementation
- U.S. Missile Defense Plans Hinder New Arms Cuts - Russia
WASHINGTON, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - The US Department of State said on Monday no breakthrough decisions should be expected from top US arms control official Rose Gottemoeller’s visit to Russia.
“Gottemoeller is on her way to Moscow. My understanding is this is a broad conversation about all of the issues that fall under her portfolio, including implementation of New START. I don’t have anything new to announce to you with regard to further cuts,” US Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
The visit comes amid signals from Moscow and Washington that both sides are open for talks about renewing a decades-old armaments disposal program set to expire in June.
Russian daily Kommersant reported earlier this week that Gottemoeller, the US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, will propose further cuts in Russia’s nuclear arsenal during her visit on February 12-15.
Russian officials said in October that the Kremlin is not interested in extending the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (CTR) - broadly referred to as the Nunn-Lugar program - in its current form.
US President Barack Obama indicated a willingness to negotiate with Russia on the terms of a new deal in December 2012. He is also planning to address cuts to Washington’s deployed nuclear arsenal in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.