Telebriefing for Journalists
July 13, 2018
9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. time
Contact for access to recording
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Helsinki, Finland, July 16 to discuss how to reduce tensions between the nations across a range of issues. The leaders will discuss arms control issues, including resolution of compliance disputes over the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and possible extension of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).
On July 13 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the Arms Control Association will hold a telebriefing for reporters on the nuclear arms control matters on the table and the outcomes we expect from the summit.
- Thomas Countryman, former Assistant Secretary of State on International Security and Nonproliferation, and chair of the Arms Control Association board
- Madelyn Creedon, former Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
- Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association
In addition, the Arms Control Association has a variety of resources and experts available to help shed light on what the two sides can achieve to reduce nuclear risks and what’s at stake if they fail to make progress.
- “Following the NATO Summit, President Trump said the U.S. supports the goal of “no more nuclear weapons anywhere in the world.” To move from rhetoric to reality, he needs a plan to do so, starting with an agreement with Putin to extend New START, working more seriously to bring Russia back into compliance with INF, ratifying the #CTBT, followed by talks on further n-cuts w/Russia, engagement other n-armed states on disarmament."—Daryl Kimball, executive director
- "Should the INF Treaty collapse and New START expire without replacement, there would be no legally-binding limits on the world’s two largest nuclear superpowers for the first time since 1972. The consequences for the effective cooperative management of nuclear risks and for nuclear nonproliferation would be severe.” —Thomas Countryman, former assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, and chair of the ACA board of directors
- "Urgent Steps to Avoid a New Nuclear Arms Race," Thomas Countryman and Andrei Zagorski, Arms Control Today, June 2018
- "High-Level Group Calls for Extension of New START Agreement," Statement from Deep Cuts Commission, April 2018
- "Administration to Review New START,” by Kingston Reif, Arms Control Today, April 2018
- Deep Cuts Commission Issue Brief on extending New START, by Daryl Kimball, Steve Pifer, and Anatoli Diakov, April 2018
- The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty at a Glance, April 2018
- New START at a Glance, March 2018
- Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces Under New START, April 2018
- U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces Under New START, March 2018
- U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Agreements at a Glance, April 2018
The above experts and others are available in Washington for media interviews. Contact Tony Fleming, director for communications, 202-463-8270 ext 110 to schedule.