Thoughts on the Helsinki Summit
In terms of arms control, this summit did not produce anything concrete. In their public remarks, President Putin discussed the two U.S.-Russia bilateral arms control treaties — New START and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) — while President Trump mentioned global nuclear issues in the context of North Korea and Iran. There were no announcements regarding specific commitments to extend New START or fix the Russian violation of INF. Meanwhile, since the summit on Monday, Russia has tested new nuclear delivery systems, needlessly increasing tensions in an already tense environment.
The Center hosted an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with Sen. Dick Lugar, Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Jeff Merkley as guest speakers. Learn more about this treaty by watching our new video and check out photos from the event.
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Some voices on nuclear risk after Helsinki: Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell explains what she liked and didn’t like about nuclear issues that came up at the Helsinki summit. Listen
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