Prospects of Engaging the United Kingdom and France in Nuclear Arms Control

By Alexei Arbatov, James M. Acton, Vladimir Dvorkin

At a meeting with the students and faculty of the National Research Nuclear University, an elite Russian college, on January 22, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unexpected statement on nuclear weapons that contradicted most of his earlier declarations on the subject. Responding to a question posed by Artem Bekerev, a third-year cybernetics student, Putin said,“My personal position is that at some point, humanity must renounce nuclear arms. But for now, we are far from this, in the sense that other nations aside from Russia have nuclear arms as well—and many of them—and they are not going to renounce this means of armed combat. Such a step by the Russian Federation would be very strange in these conditions, and could lead to some fairly serious, grave consequences for our nation and our people.”1

5th Session of Conference of Parties to Framework Convention for Protection of Marine Environment of Caspian Sea under way in Ashgabat

The 5th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) is under way in Ashgabat. It has been organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and the State Enterprise for the Caspian Sea under the President of Turkmenistan together with the interim Secretariat of the Tehran Convention at the regional office of the UN Environment Programme for Europe (ROE UNEP).