UNITED STATES-RUSSIAN AGREEMENT ON FURTHER REDUCTIONS IN NUCLEAR
I warmly welcome the agreement reached between the United States
and Russian Federation at the Helsinki Summit on parameters for
further reductions in both countries' nuclear forces.
This agreement builds on the bilateral nuclear arsenal reductions
under the START I and START II process (the Treaty on Reduction and
Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms). Sign)ficantly, the agreement
establishes guidelines for a further round of reductions - START III
- which will reduce strategic warhead stockpiles for both countries
to some 80 percent below Cold War peaks. The Presidents of the United
States and Russian Federation committed to commencing negotiations
for START III immediately upon entry into force of START II.
I strongly hope the Parliament of the Russian Federation will now be
in a position to ratify START II, thereby clearing the way for even
deeper reductions under START III. This would not only benefit the
people of Russia and the United States, but also advance the
interests of global security.
Taken together with recent progress in the field of multilateral arms
control and disarmament negotiations, including the adoption in
September 1996 of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the
indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in May
1995, the United States-Russian agreement represents an important
building block in the process of moving towards the goal of the
ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons.