In his column published in The Washington Post, US President Barack Obama has accused Russia of violation of the contract on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) and urged Moscow to start negotiations on nuclear arms reduction.
The United States and Russia that together hold more than 90% of the world's nuclear weapons should negotiate in order to further reduce those enormous arsenals.
Obama’s article "How we can make our vision of a world without nuclear weapons a reality" was published in the American newspaper before the start of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. It is intended to bring together heads of nearly 50 states. Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to participate in the forum.
The President’s article notes some progress in the area of nuclear arms reduction. Obama called himself to be the first who acknowledged that “we still have unfinished business.” He noted the violation of the INF Treaty with Russia. "We still are urging Russia to comply fully with its obligations," the USA President wrote.
At the same time, the President stressed that Moscow and Washington remained on track to meet the New START Treaty obligations. By 2018, the number of deployed American and Russian nuclear warheads will be at their lowest levels since the 1950s.
The Nuclear Security Summit is to be held in Washington on March 31 and April 1. On March 30, Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained the reason of Putin's refusal to take part in the summit. According to him, working on nuclear security issues requires joint efforts and mutual interests. Russia has faced "a certain lack of cooperation" in the stage of preparation for the summit, Peskov says.