PURSUANT TO THE DECISION OF THE PRESIDENTS OF RUSSIA AND THE US ADOPTED AT THE MOSCOW SUMMIT IN JUNE, CONSULTATIONS OF RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN EXPERTS WERE HELD IN GENEVA ON JUNE 28-30 TO DISCUSS FURTHER REDUCTIONS OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES OF RUSSIA AND THE US UNDER THE FUTURE START-3 TREATY AS WELL AS THE ISSUES OF ABM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STATEMENTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN PRESIDENTS IN MOSCOW IN 1998 AND IN COLOGNE IN 1999 ¹ 644
Unofficial translation from Russian
Pursuant to the decision of the presidents of Russia and the US adopted at the Moscow summit in June, consultations of Russian and American experts were held in Geneva on June 28-30 to discuss further reductions of the strategic forces of Russia and the US under the future START-3 treaty as well as the issues of ABM in accordance with the statements of the Russian and American presidents in Moscow in 1998 and in Cologne in 1999. The Russian delegation to the consultations was led by the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department for Security and Disarmament, Yuri Kapralov and the American delegation by the US President's special envoy for arms control, Assistant US Secretary of State John Holum.
In the course of the consultations an in-depth exchange of views took place on the concept of START-3, and concrete proposals on key aspects of the future treaty were considered in detail. The Russian side reaffirmed its readiness to immediately commence negotiations on START-3 with a view to deep cuts of strategic offensive weapons (to 1,500 warheads on each side).
The delegations considered existing and possible new initiatives in the field of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in strengthening strategic stability and international security, continuing the process of arms reductions and improving the regimes of nuclear missile non-proliferation. It has been agreed to continue work in this direction.
As regards ABM, the Russian side again set forth its known position on the need to preserve the 1972 ABM Treaty intact as the cornerstone of the existing system of strategic stability in the world and the basis of further reductions of strategic offensive weapons.
July 1, 2000