The Russian-U.S. Conference on Arms Control is taking place at the Gorchakov Fund

09 April 2019

On April 9, the Russian-U.S. Conference on Arms Control has opened in Moscow. It was organized by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Peace Foundation.

According to Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Leonid Drachevsky, participants of the conference are the last romanticists – people, who sincerely believe that disarmament is possible. If not for the efforts made by the participants of the forum, who knows, perhaps, there would not be peace on the planet anymore?

The head of the Gorchakov Fund emphasized importance of the channel, which was maintained in the rocky relations between Moscow and Washington. He mentioned efforts of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and well-known U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering, who in 1993-1996 had served as a U.S. Ambassador to Russia, in order to keep cooperation between representatives of the two countries. The present conference is great example of that.

Scientific Director of the RAS Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor Sergey Rogov also expressed sincere gratitude to prominent politicians, defence officials, public figures and experts in disarmament from both countries, who had come to attend the conference and discuss the issue of arms control – one of the major problems in the bilateral relations.

The head of ISKRAN mentioned that before the beginning of the event the U.S. delegation had been hosted by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabov. He told in detail about status of relations between Moscow and Washington and answered questions of our guests.

The U.S. delegation consists of prominent politicians, defense officials and scientists, representatives of Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the National Security Archive, NGO Global Zero, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Arms Control Association, the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Corporation and the Brookings Institute.

Discussion topics of the Russia-U.S. Conference on Arms Control include limitation of damage caused by cancellation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), consequences of cancellation of the INF Treaty for New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) and consequences for the NPT Review Conference in 2020.

The conference will end on April 10.