Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

United States, Russia Enter Into New Arms-Security Agreement United States, Russia Enter Into New Arms-Security Agreement

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Defense

United States, Russia Enter Into New Arms-Security Agreement

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin reach to shake hands in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

This article was originally published in Global Security Newswire, produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

WASHINGTON -- The United States is entering into a new agreement with Russia that would continue in some form the Cooperative Threat Reduction program that aims to lock down vulnerable nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union, Global Security Newswire has learned.

A senior defense official told GSN there is a new pact effective Monday -- the same day the prior umbrella accord that provided the legal framework for the initiative was due to expire.

"It does represent some changes when compared with the old one but the U.S. is pleased with it," said the official, who asked to not to be named, lacking authorization to discuss the matter publicly. The official did not provide additional details, but said the State Department was expected to release a statement later on Monday.

 

State Department officials did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Negotiations over extending the agreement were expected to be difficult, largely due to liability provisions that had long been a concern of Russia.

Under the old deal, the U.S. government and its contractors were shielded from virtually all liability stemming from any incidents that could occur in the course of CTR work with nuclear and chemical weapons. This was confirmed in October when Russian officials announced they were unwilling to extend the old terms.

The agreement, originally forged in 1992, was last renewed in 2006 when Russia at the 11th hour agreed to extend the original pact without making substantial changes.

At press time, it was not yet clear what changes were included in the new pact.



Latest Global Security Posts:
Loading feed...

LIKE THIS STORY? Sign up for Early Bird

Sign up for our daily newsletter and stay on top of defense coverage.

Sign up form for Early Bird
Job Board
Search Jobs
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Structural Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | New Haven, CT
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Quality Systems Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Greensboro, NC
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
Senior Water Resource Project Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Fairfax, VA
Civil Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Steamboat Springs, CO
Entry Level Geotechnical Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Albany, NY
Sales Engineer-Process Automation/Instrumentation
American Society of Civil Engineers
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus