July 6th, 2009
11:07 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama, Medvedev commit to nuclear arms reduction treaty

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a "joint understanding" Monday committing the United States and Russia to a new, legally binding arms-control treaty, according to a statement released by the White House.

The treaty will limit the number of nuclear warheads each side can deploy and the number of missiles they have to launch them.

It is designed to replace the Start I agreement, which is nearly two decades old and expires December 5.

The two countries will "conduct a joint review of the entire spectrum of means at our disposal that allow us to cooperate on monitoring the development of missile programs around the world," Obama and Medvedev said in a joint statement.

Citing the dangers of ballistic missile proliferation, the two leaders called "upon all countries having a missile potential to refrain from steps that could lead to missile proliferation and undermine regional and global stability."

Among other things, Obama and Medvedev also concluded an agreement allowing U.S. military supplies to be transported through Russia for the purpose of supplying American troops in Afghanistan.

They also:

- agreed to jointly work toward accounting for their missing military personnel from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, including Soviet military personnel unaccounted for in Afghanistan;
- concluded a plan for resuming military-to-military cooperation;
- agreed to create a new commission "to provide better structure to the bilateral relationship" between Russia and the United States; and
- agreed to a memorandum designed to boost cooperation in the fields of medicine and public health.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Melody

    I can't believe it! We have North Korea shooting missless that can reach Hawaii and we are reducing nuclear warheads? We are crazy right?
    Obama is putting our security at risk.

    July 6, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. sine

    United states is not the be all end all of countries with power or trying to acquire power. Other countries want nukes too. The only way to go about it is to reduce nuclear arms across the board. This is a good step by Russia and the U.S.

    July 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. kamenwati

    Obama didn't become President by being weak, as some of you weak-minded folks in this thread are claiming. He beat all odds and the Republican slime machine. Moreover, in the short time he's been in office the Republican party has self-destructed. That's as much a testament to what he brings to American politics as it is to the failure of conservatism as a political idealogy.

    Obama's not an ignorant blowhard and braggart like his predecessor. His strength and appeal is based on intelligence and knowledge of history and the world. He makes mistakes, No one is perfect. But at least he has the guts to admit them, unlike Bush who seemed confounded when asked to enumerate his shortcomings. Too bad some of you are too ideologically blinded by the inepitude of the right wing to recognize real leadership when it comes along.

    July 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. citizenjane


    I did not. I did, however, realize my mistake after I voted for him in 2000.

    July 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. yuri

    After ascertainin' US security, if extra number of agin' missiles, warheads, and other battle weapons are reduced, there may be a place for smart, much less expensive weaponry, that may silence some of the harsh hawkish critics of arms reduction. You see whom we are talkin' about?

    July 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. I hand out crying towels for republicans daily

    Your doing a great job President Obama.

    July 6, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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