Putin Says Russia, US Bear Special Responsibility for Strategic Stability as Nuclear Powers

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The Russian and US presidents held a marathon 4.5 hour summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, discussing a broad range of issues.

Russia and the US agree that it is their special responsibility to ensure global strategic stability as the world’s nuclear powers, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Putin and Biden signed a joint statement on the issue following their summit.

“We…note that even in periods of tension, the United States and Russia have demonstrated that they are able to make progress in our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk fo armed conflicts and the threat of nuclear war,” the statement, posted to the Kremlin’s official website, says. “The recent extension of the New START Treaty exemplifies our commitment to nuclear arms control. Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” it adds.

“Consistent with these goals, the United States and Russia will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future which will be deliberate and robust. Through this Dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures,” the statement concludes.

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