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Vladimir Putin In George Bush’s America

by | 3rd, July 2007

AS Bronwen Maddox writes: “Much of Putin’s antiUS ranting is self-serving, but he has one good point: his complaint about the younger Bush’s disregard for arms control treaties”…

Putin should be taken seriously on his complaint about the US’s approach to arms control. Not because the US and Russia are on the verge of a new Cold War; they are not. But arms control treaties are not anachronistic, particularly when threats may come from smaller countries who have managed to get unpleasant weapons.

They provide an example of good behaviour to those regimes, and a framework for testing compliance and rewarding them for staying within a set of rules. They also provide a model for future grand treaties – for instance between the US and China. Most of Putin’s sourness is unjustified – but he makes one good point.

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