August 14, 2001 |
Russian leaders dug in their heels Monday in talks with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, rejecting his suggestion that the two countries abandon the 1972 treaty that precludes U.S. development of a missile defense system. "The existing, multilayered system of strategic security that exists in the world today fully meets Russian needs," Defense Minister Sergei B. Ivanov said.
July 12, 2001 |
The Bush administration expects to withdraw from a cornerstone arms control treaty in less than two years, according to a newly prepared statement of administration policy. The document, obtained Wednesday on the eve of congressional testimony on antimissile systems, says that the administration's ambitious testing plans will conflict with the Antiballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 and thus force withdrawal from the pact "within months, not years."
June 22, 2001 |
After bashing it for months as a Cold War relic, Bush administration officials are hinting that they may not dump the controversial treaty that limits the U.S. ability to build a national missile defense shield--at least, not right away. Senior U.S. officials have begun pointing out that they can continue development of the shield for two years, and perhaps longer, without running afoul of the Antiballistic Missile Treaty.
June 5, 2000 |
President Clinton and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin failed Sunday to narrow their wide differences over missile defense, agreeing on the threat and disagreeing on the solution. But in a long day of summitry, they announced a pair of pacts taking the two nations yet further from the Cold War.
May 5, 2000 |
President-elect Vladimir V. Putin signed the START II treaty Thursday, affirming the Russian parliament's approval of the plan to trim the nuclear arsenals of Russia and the United States, the presidential press service said. The treaty obligates Russia and the U.S. to slash nuclear stockpiles to 3,000 to 3,500 warheads each. It was approved last month by both chambers of parliament, ending seven years of deadlock.
April 20, 2000 |
In a sign of the mood in Russia to sweep away the Yeltsin era and push ahead with change, the upper house of parliament voted Wednesday to dismiss the country's suspended prosecutor general and to ratify the START II treaty. Coming after an appeal by President-elect Vladimir V. Putin to dismiss Yuri I. Skuratov, the vote underscored Putin's ability to push his changes through the lower and upper chambers of the parliament.