Leonid Slutsky noted an unprecedentedly high level of American experts, leaders of the largest US research centers, who took part in the event.
“We talked about the need to maintain the INF treaty. If we fail to do this, we will not extend the START-III treaty on February 5, 2021, and, in fact, the entire regime for the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons will unfortunately go down in history, “the Chairman of the International Affairs Committee said.
In the preservation of the INF treaty, the deputy believes, both Russia and the United States should be equally interested in the interests of a peaceful, stable and equitable architecture of security in the 21st century.
At the same time, he stressed that the Russian-American parliamentary cooperation began “to gain momentum again.” “We did not expect a special construct, especially positive assessments in the first weeks and months, but [the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in] Helsinki, I hope, will give an impetus to positive feedback, a bilateral inter-parliamentary dialogue, and, of course, today’s disarmament conference” , – said Leonid Slutsky.
“We very much hope and hope that today’s conference will be the starting point for a new round of constructive cooperation in the field of disarmament,” the parliamentarian said. “I would very much like to see the continuation of these talks take place this year.”
“We have no right to procrastinate. We have no right to lose the INF Treaty, START III and the entire nonproliferation regime, which has been successfully operating for almost half a century, “concluded Leonid Slutsky.
The Russian-American arms control conference was organized for the first time at the State Duma site jointly with the United States and Canada Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.