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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 05:34pm Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7342
Negotiations on the interet don't have to be public -- there are
good ways to arrange restricted access if it is thought desirable.
(For some complicated or high stakes negotiations, parallel
channels, at least one public, at least one private, might
facilitate convergence to a workable deal.)
Even if everything is "closed" -- with the internet - and the
extended memory and enlarged ability to handle complexity that it
provides -- it ought to be possible to get to a deal, on the issues
needed for US missile defense testing for the next year or so,
An advantage, even with "closed" negotiations -- is that "closed"
is a relative term. For example, senior officers in NATO, and
representatives of nation states with a reason to take an interest,
could be provided with the internet record.
Questions of fact should be subject to clarification and
examination by interested parties in this context. Questions of
"good faith" should be, too.
If the Bush administration and the Putin administration wish to
cut a deal that could "stand the light of day" in terms of their
national and international responsibilities -- regarding the limited
issues related to MD testing immediately involved -- it would seem
to me that they could do so.
- 08:21pm Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7343
conceptual linking of offence/defence talk. Problem is the 'rush'
from the Bush Admin., leaving insufficient time to properly talk
Putin says no 'breakthrough' on missile defence
Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced cautious optimism
that he and United States President George W Bush, could one day
strike a missile defence agreement, pointing out that no
"breakthrough" had been reached during the two leaders' weekend
"Of course there was no major breakthrough," Mr Putin said.
"We [Russia] reaffirmed our support for the 1972 ABM
[Anti-Ballistic Missile] agreement.
"At the same time, there is movement," he added, in reference to
his Sunday meeting with Mr Bush in Genoa.
In what was instantly billed as an historic step forward, Putin
and Bush on Sunday agreed to link negotiations over controversial US
missile defence plans - which Moscow opposes - with an agreement
over bilateral nuclear warhead reductions, which Russia supports.
"We are interested in, and are able to make steady progress
towards, the elimination of offensive weapons," President Putin
He adds that "we think that it is right" to link negotiations
over nuclear disarmament and the ABM accord, which in its current
form bans Washington's proposed missile defence system.
Mr Putin underlined that a new round of negotiations would
continue when he meets Thursday with Bush's visiting national
security advisor, Condoleezza Rice.
However, Mr Putin's comments were followed hours later by a
declaration in Rome from President Bush that if Washington fails to
get Moscow approval on missile defence, it still would press ahead
with the project on its own.
"If we can't reach agreement, we are going to implement," he
"I can understand why he [Putin] wants time and I'm going to give
him some time but I also want to emphasise to you that time is of
the essence, it is time to move beyond" the ABM accord, the US
- 08:29pm Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7344
Reasonable negotiating stances, going both ways.
- 08:30pm Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7345
No Breakthrough in Missile Talks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
" Both Bush and Putin ``are advantaged by
continuing to talk about this,'' said Sandy Berger, former
President Clinton's national security adviser. ``They both want to
appear reasonable to the rest of the world.''
" Still, Berger added, ``The easiest thing in
the world to agree to is to talk. Now comes the hard part.''
- 08:31pm Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7346
Other pieces, on a big Missile Defense news day:
Bush Firm on Missile Shield Despite Treaty Violation By
DAVID E. SANGER http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/news/AP-US-Russia.html
Mr. Bush's Genoa Diplomacy http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/23/opinion/23MON1.html
Reading Putin's Mind by WILLIAM SAFIRE http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/23/opinion/23SAFI.html
White House Finding Putin a Friend Indeed By MICHAEL R.
GORDON In political terms, it is clear why the administration has a
new-found enthusiasm for dealing with Russia http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/23/international/23MILI.html
Bush and Putin Tie Antimissile Talks to Big Arms Cuts By
DAVID E. SANGER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/23/international/23SUMM.html
Rumsfeld Set to Advise Bush on Picking Top Military Man By
THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/23/politics/23CHIE.html
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