Press Release
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
December 6, 2001

Meeting Between Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgy Mamedov and US Under Secretary of State John Bolton


On December 6, as directed by their leaderships, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgy Mamedov and US Under Secretary of State John Bolton held a regular meeting in Moscow for the preparation of a discussion of the interconnected issues of START and ABM during an upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Moscow on December 9-10, 2001.

The Russian side in the course of this talk yet again noted, inter alia, the negative consequences for international stability should the US decide after all to unilaterally withdraw from the ABM Treaty of 1972, supported by the absolute majority of the countries of the world. This is especially dangerous in today's complicated international situation. Russia's willingness to adhere to the understandings reached in the course of the recent Russian-American summit in the United States on the parallel continuation of ABM Treaty consultations and drawing up of a new agreement on further drastic irreversible and controlled reductions in the nuclear arsenals of the two countries was reaffirmed.

Mamedov and Bolton also examined a number of other topical questions of strategic stability, international disarmament and nonproliferation.