The administration of former president George Bush created issues with Russia that resulted in a breakdown of any possibility of reducing arms and nuclear stockpiles. The Russian foreign ministry reported progress in discussions with the current Obama administration on arms control, particularly dismantling the vast nuclear weapons that were built during the Cold War. “There is an active negotiating process going on at the moment to work out an agreement that would replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” said a Russian official. There is hope both sides can come to an agreement in time when President Obama and President Medvedev meet in July.
The reduction–or elimination– of these vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons is an important first step in making the world a bit safer. There is no need in the modern world for nuclear weapons since none can realistically be used in any conflict.