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Nuclear Reduction Agreement; U.S. and Russia, July 2009

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Obama, Medvedev agree to pursue nuclear reduction
Personal message: July 6, 2009

The United States, Russia and the World are fortunate that an
agreement was made today to reduce nuclear weapons by the
U.S. and Russia. I feel that Russian President Dimitry Medvedev
is a hero here.

Lately the U.S. Administration, in particular
Michael McFaul, special assistant to the president for National
Security Affairs and senior director for Russian and Eurasian
affairs at the National Security Council, who took a very hard line
stance against the Russians. McFaul said, "We're not going to
reassure or give or trade anything with the Russians regarding
NATO's expansion or missile defense."

One can only imagine what kind of reaction this engendered in
the minds of Medvedev and Putin. On Sunday, July 5 in Moscow,
Medvedev said, "the United States must compromise on plans for
a missile defense system in Europe to get a deal on cutting back
nuclear warheads."

Rather than cutting back on missile plans - which would have been
the prudent-intelligent thing to do- the U.S. made the missile defense
in Europe issue one for future considerations and discussions.

Despite the U.S.'s unwillingness to forego missile defense in Europe
now Medvedev and the Russians agreed to sign an agreement anyway
on cutting back nuclear weapons, and agreed to allow the U.S. to use
their territory to transport supplies to Afghanistan, for the war there.

Medvedev swallowed his pride a bit here showing courage and foresight
to the benefit of everyone. For this effort he deserves our respect.
Arn Specter, usa
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