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Press Conference on SuPR

19.05.2011

p6549_1.jpgMOSCOW. MAY 19, 2011. PIR PRESS – «US-Russian cooperation on the European missile defense system is possible and can be implemented», – consider members of the SuPR Group, joint initiative of Russian and US experts, whose recommendation aimed at the Kremlin and the White House were released today.

Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR) Group held its ordinary meeting, which resulted in recommendations for the White House and the Kremlin. Recommendations include:

US-Russian cooperation on the European missile defense system

SuPR Group members call upon the governments of the USA and Russia to examine the possibility of integration of warning and assessment data from U.S. and Russian radars and other sensors in a single, jointly-manned NATO-Russia center.

Integration of the decision to launch an interceptor missile by agreeing in advance on a set of NATO-Russia protocols that would determine whether NATO and/or Russian interceptors would engage a particular ballistic missile. The same protocols could guide NATO and Russian military officers in their separate decisions to launch interceptor missiles, forming a common missile defense system for Europe without need for a single, overall NATO or Russian commander. In this system, NATO and Russian missile defense capabilities would be additive to one another.

US-Russian cooperation on Iran's nuclear program

SuPR Group members believe, that any military strike against Iran – under any pretext – would be dangerous and counterproductive. Short-term steps that could be taken by Russia and the United States include re-energizing and elevating bilateral consultations on the Iranian nuclear issue, with the goal of working toward a common understanding of the risks and a common list of options. The United States and Russia could make public certain joint conclusions and assessments to demonstrate to Iran that both have the same or similar positions on the issue. Consulting on ways to facilitate fuel fabrication for the Tehran Research Reactor could start by the end of 2011 should negotiations on that issue become more positive.

Further Nuclear Reductionsp6549_2.jpg

SuPR Group members call upon the governments of the USA and Russia to accelerate the reductions mandated by New START ahead of the 2018 implementation deadline, so that they are implemented by 2014 (prior to the next NPT Review Conference). At the same time, the countries could begin new bilateral negotiations in 2011 aimed at further reductions of strategic offensive nuclear weapons down to 1000 warheads or below. Both governments, in members view, could consider a requirement that all nuclear weapons be based on national territories

The SuPR Group's main objective is to support continuing and long-lasting efforts by the Russian Federation and the United States to work as partners on two of the most important issues on the global security agenda: nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament.

For all questions related to SuPR, please contact Ivan Trushkin, by tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14 or via e-mail: trushkin@pircernter.org

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