Friday, October 19, 2012

Russia says it will not renew arms agreement with U.S.

President Obama's friendly relations with Putin may not be as friendly as we thought. Russia will not renew our agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year. The death of the 1991 agreement, which had been renewed twice, is the latest in a series of speed bumps in relations between the United States and Russia and casts doubt on the future of what President Obama brags is a "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes.

The project, intended to dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union, was last ratified by Russia in 2006 and is due to expire in 2013. It had resulted in the deactivation of more than 7,650 strategic warheads.

A number of bilateral agreements including the latest START nuclear arms treaty, put in force in February 2011, have built the foundation for the U.S.-Russia "restart" initiated by Washington when President Barack Obama took office in 2008. But recently ties have been strained, most notably by Moscow's decision to close the office of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Moscow, which critics say is part of a broader Kremlin crackdown on pro-democracy groups.

Not exactly the 'successful' foreign policy we have heard the President bragging about on the campaign trail lately...

While we are on the subject of our Foreign Policy, here is a link to an article I really think you should read:

Live Long and Prosper....

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