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Bush Hails New Cooperation with Russia on Nuclear Arms, Oil

Friday, 24 May 2002 12:00 AM

"President Putin and I today ended a long chapter of confrontation and opened up an entirely new relationship between our countries," said President Bush, in remarks after the treaty signing.

The Treaty of Moscow calls on Russia and the U.S. to cut their long-range nuclear arsenals to between 1,700 - 2,200 warheads each by the year 2012. Each country currently has about 6,000 warheads.

The treaty signed Friday is the first arms reduction agreement between the former Cold War adversaries since January 1993.

While the treaty signing is the main event of the four-day summit meeting, other issues are just as pressing.

"Our nations will continue to cooperate closely in the war against global terror," Bush said, noting that both nations have suffered at the hands of terrorists.

"President Putin and I agree also that the greatest danger in this war is the prospect of terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Our nations must spare no effort at preventing all forms of proliferation. And we discussed Iran in this context today."

The United States is very concerned about Russia helping Iran build a nuclear reactor. The United States believes Iran -- a leading sponsor of terrorism - is intent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, and is doing so with Russian help.

On another subject, President Bush said Russia and the United States have "launched a major new energy partnership," in which private firms will take the lead in developing vast Caspian Sea oil reserves and pipelines.

"I am pleased with our relationship," President Bush concluded. "I am confident that by working together, we make the world more peaceful. I am confident that by working together we can win the first war of the 21st century, and that is the war against cold-blooded killers that want to harm nations such as American and Russia. And I'm confident that when we work together in the spirit of cooperation on all fronts, both our peoples will benefit."

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