The chances of clinching a major deal to reduce the risk of nuclear war will depend on current talks about NATO expansions and tensions in eastern Europe, a top Russian official has said.
In an interview with RIA Novosti on Monday, Vladimir Yermakov, the director of arms control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, emphasized that it is difficult to make progress on nuclear non-proliferation before the two sides have found common ground on other security matters.
“The question of legal security guarantees for our side, concerning the ‘critical mass’ of problems that has built up in Russian-Western relations, has become so urgent that it has pushed a whole array of other important items on the strategic agenda down to secondary importance,” Yermakov explained.
“Further dialogue with the Americans about strategic stability will depend in large part on how the questions concerning the security guarantees are decided,” he went on. “For now, there is no time-table for new meetings for strategic discussions.”