President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty faced serious concern among the supporters of the arms control both in Russia and the United States. This issue was at the center of attention by politicians, diplomats and experts including Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Senator (ret.) Sam Nunn , Senator (ret.) Richard Lugar and Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford at the conference on strategic stability and disarmament that was held today by the James Martin Center on non-proliferation in Washington DC. Participants of the discussions have mostly agreed that such destructive step by the American administration can lead to the chain reaction around the globe especially if it is followed by non-extension of the New START Treaty.
An important role in the prevention of a new round of confrontation may be played by the inter-parliamentary dialogue between the US Congress and the Russian Federal Assembly. I was talking about the importance of the active cooperation between the lawmakers from our countries at the conference panel on nuclear non-proliferation. The Russian Parliament is ready to initiate such dialogue but to make it successfully move forward we hope to meet bipartisan domestic support of this idea in the US Congress.