The Biden administration has officially notified Russia that the United States will not seek to rejoin the 1992 Open Skies Treaty.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on June 16 in Geneva, the two countries have announced.
Biden, Moon wrapped up their summit after discussing several bilateral diplomacy, missiles, and North Korea amidst a quiet, ongoing arms buildup. Pyongyang remained quiet as Moon pledged to support U.S. efforts toward North Korean denuclearization.
Russia took another step closer to withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, while the Biden administration has yet to make a decision about the future of potential U.S. participation in the accord. A summit between Presidents Biden and Putin is in the works, possibly to occur in mid-June.
As global security deteriorates and the world becomes more polarized, Sweden is advocating moves to stabilize the situation and create a new opening for arms control progress.
While President Joe Biden faces an array of complex foreign and domestic challenges, early proactive outreach to North Korea must be a priority.
The United States and Russia have signaled their willingness to hold arms control talks. Moscow said it would reconsider a withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty if Washington returns, and France aims to hold a P5 dialogue in the coming months.
Criticism of this week's announcement by the United Kingdom on its nuclear weapons arsenal echoes the arguments of anti-nuclear, anti-colonialist leaders of an earlier era.
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