Obama, Medvedev Sign Treaty: ‘Important Milestone for Nuclear Security’
April 8, 2010
(ChattahBox)— In a spectacular setting inside Prague Castle, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, signed an historic strategic nuclear disarmament treaty. Obama hailed the agreement, as “an important milestone.” And Medvedev called the treat between the two world leaders, as “a truly historic event.”
The arms treaty will cut strategic nuclear arsenals deployed by the two countries by 30 percent within seven years.
“When the United States and Russia are not able to work together on big issues, it is not good for either of our nations, nor is it good for the world,” Mr. Obama said as his words echoed through a majestic, gilded hall in the famed Prague Castle. “Together, we have stopped the drift, and proven the benefits of cooperation. Today is an important milestone for nuclear security and nonproliferation, and for U.S.-Russia relations.”
Mr. Medvedev called the treaty signing “a truly historic event” that will “open a new page” in Russian-American relations. “What matters most is this is a win-win situation,” he said. “No one stands to lose from this agreement. I believe this is a typical feature of our cooperation. Both parties have won.”
Before signing the landmark treaty, Obama and Medvedev discussed the problem of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the recent change of power in Kyrgyzstan.
Regarding Iran, President Obama, said “We are working together at the United Nations Security Council to pass strong sanctions on Iran and we will not tolerate actions that flout the NPT.” Medvedev was more restrained, rejecting a total embargo of Iran, saying it would cause a “huge shock for the whole society and the whole population.”
The two leaders were unable to form an agreement regarding the continued existence of the U.S. air base in the former Soviet central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan.
The strategic nuclear disarmament treaty needs 67 votes in the Senate to become ratified, which means eight Republicans will need to endorse it.
Photo Credit:REUTERS/Jason Reed