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Igor Ivanov

President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004)

The possibility of countries like Russia and the United States negotiating a new arms control treaty will be nearly impossible considering the current geopolitical conditions, Russian International Affairs Council President and former Russian FM Igor Ivanov said during a panel discussion on US-Russia strategic relations.

The possibility of countries like Russia and the United States negotiating a new arms control treaty will be nearly impossible considering the current geopolitical conditions,

Russian International Affairs Council President and former Russian FM Igor Ivanov said during a panel discussion on US-Russia strategic relations.
"I think in new era, in new circumstances, it will be very difficult if not impossible to negotiate new treaties," Ivanov said at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference on Tuesday.

Ivanov explained that to create the possibility for a new arms control treaty it would be necessary to develop new kinds of agreements different from traditional accords.

At present, relations are marked by a lack of mutual trust between the United States and Russia, and moreover, Washington may also find it difficult to negotiating an arms control treaty with other countries like China after deciding unilaterally to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Ivanov said.

The INF Treaty could have been saved because it had mechanisms to address issues disputed among the involved parties of the accord, Ivanov added.

Source: Sputnik International

Session "U.S.-Russian Strategic Relations: The Big Picture", Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference

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