TO RUSSIAN STATEMENT ON U.S. ABM TREATY WITHDRAWAL
Statement by the Press Secretary
to Russian Statement on U.S. ABM Treaty Withdrawal
States welcomes President Putin's statement. We agree with President Putin
that the decision taken by the President of the United States presents
no threat to the national security of the Russian Federation.
We have worked
intensively with Russia to create a new strategic framework for our relationship
based on mutual interests and cooperation across a broad range of political,
economic, and security issues. Together, the United States and Russia
have made substantial progress in our efforts and look forward to even
greater progress in the future.
States in particular welcomes Russia's commitment to deep reductions in
its level of offensive strategic nuclear forces. Combined with the reductions
of U.S. strategic nuclear forces announced by President Bush in November,
this action will result in the lowest level of strategic nuclear weapons
deployed by our two countries in decades. We will work with Russia to
formalize this arrangement on offensive forces, including appropriate
verification and transparency measures.
announcement of nuclear reductions and its commitment to continue to conduct
close consultations with the United States reflect our shared desire to
continue the essential work of building a new relationship for a new century.
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