Billed as one of the major political events of the year, the summit between Biden and Putin covered a wide range of issues, such as cybersecurity, human rights and diplomatic relations. At the same time, the two leaders managed to reach common ground about such areas as arms control and strategic stability.
Sputnik has spoken to Dr Samuel Hoff, the George Washington Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Delaware State University, who has offered an explanation on how one should read the results of the Geneva Summit and what implications the meeting will have on the rest of the international community.
Sputnik: Putin and Biden signed the declaration to ensure that the nuclear war is never unleashed, it’s the only document signed, as the two countries bear a special responsibility for strategic stability. What does this tell us about the trajectory of US-Russia relationship?
Dr. Samuel Hoff: I’m not sure you can take one issue and extrapolate across the way, but I would answer your question first in saying that, among the issues of mutual concern, there’s absolutely no question that nuclear weapons reduction, in terms of both countries, is at the top of the list. So, we have an extension by way of phone agreement earlier in the spring over the new START treaty for another five years, but that certainly behooves both sides to think about extending that permanently. So that’s one issue. Another one is what President Putin correctly pointed out was the American abandonment of the INF treaty, and intermediate nuclear forces, and the need to get back on to some discussions in that area and I’ve mentioned some other areas, and I think the two countries, by way of their leaders in today’s summit, at least tangentially discussed how to reduce nuclear arms in other countries. I think Iran was brought up as one […].
But once again, that’s incumbent upon the US to get back into the six-country agreement that they previously negotiated with Iran in order to reduce nuclear weapons. But based on that one issue, it certainly should mean that the large part of the world’s population is going to sleep a little better tonight, knowing that there are at least discussions now to continue the very successful nuclear reduction treaties that have been negotiated over the years between the Americans and the Soviets, or the Americans and the Russian Federation.