U.S. President Obama and Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev Monday agreed, with some strings attached, to a plan that will cut each nation’s nuclear arsenal, reported the New York Times.
The New York Times reported that the preliminary agreement must be met within seven years and affords each nation’s arsenal to contain 1,500 to 1,675 strategic warheads as opposed to the 2,200 directed by the Treaty of Moscow that was signed by President George W. Bush. Delivery vehicles will also be cut, allowing between 500 to 1,100, rather than 1,600. A verification system for the elimination will also be revised and extended in attempts to patch the bitter relationship between the U.S. and Russia.
Obama and Medvedev conveyed a need to build a stronger relationship between the two nations to ease the strain of the Cold War and other subsequent issues.
Obama embraced the need to send a strong signal, reported the Los Angeles Times.
He said “…we want to reduce our stockpiles…[it] would help us internationally, to give people a sense that we’re moving into a new era and we want to get beyond the Cold War.”
The New York Times reported that Russia has continuously expressed its fear of an American anti-missile system being placed in Eastern Europe. Russia has requested that the U.S. compromise on the system as it is threatening to Russia. However, American officials say the system is intended to protect the U.S. from attacks from countries like Iran. This issue has not been decided, though Russia may not accept the new arms agreement without the compromise.