John Kerry (right) expressed his concerns to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters: Brendan Smialowski)
Sputnik: Russia-US Cooperation in Arms Control Impossible Over Sanctions
United States and Russia are impossible to cooperate in the arms control sector due to sanctions imposed against Russia’s defense enterprises.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – It is impossible for the United States and Russia to cooperate in the sector of arms control due to sanctions imposed against Russia’s defense enterprises, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Leontyev told Sputnik.
“They [Washington] seemingly say that they are ready [to discuss arms control]. But how can defense issues be discussed without servicemen, amid sanctions imposed against the majority of our defense enterprises… We can speak to our US vis-a-vis, but neither they nor we are technical experts,” Leontyev said.
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WNU Editor: Sanctions. New Cold War. Arms buildup. Ukraine. Syria. Everyone is focused on the many growing crisis spots in the world .... and arms control discussions are no longer on anyone's list right now. This is a dramatic change from last month. Last month I was in Moscow and I had attended a few foreign/economic policy forums where the possibility of arms control (and maybe a Detente 2.0) was discussed. Today .... from what I am reading in Russia .... even discussing the possibility of bringing up arms talks in the future .... this is now all dead.