New START Treaty Best Example of US-Russia Cooperation: Expert

© Sputnik / Dmitry Astakhov / Go to the mediabankDmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama signing the START treaty on April 8, 2010.
Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama signing the START treaty on April 8, 2010. - Sputnik International
The director of the nuclear information project with the Federation of American Scientists pointed out that it was very important for the US and Russia to figure out a way to talk to each other again and resolve differences in international relations.

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VIENNA, December 9 (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — The new START Treaty represents the best example of the cooperation between Russia and the United States, witnessing the two countries work together closely and constantly exchange information, Director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists Hans Kristensen told Sputnik.

"The existence of the New START treaty is good thing, because it is one of the few areas where the two powers need each other on each other's territory and exchange voluntarily information to each other, constantly," Hans Kristensen said on the sidelines of the Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

"Suddenly the value of the new START has increased not because of the effect it has on nuclear forces, but because of the communication going on," he stressed.

Hans Kristensen underlined that little progress has been made since the last NOT review conference, and even though the treaty was signed it will have very little effect on the Russian forces, and it will have only a minimum effect on the US forces.

"So it is a very modest treaty. The most important part of the treaty is the part of the verification system. They sit with each other, they monitor each other's forces, they exchange information," Kristensen told Sputnik.

He also noted that there are very low expectations for the next spring's review conference.

At the moment, he pointed out, it is very important for both — the United States and Russia — to figure out a way to talk to each other again and resolve their differences in international relations.

The ninth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held in 2015 at the United Nations Headquaters in New York. The 2015 Review Conference will mark the 20-year anniversary of the NPT's indefinite extension agreed to in 1995.

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