April 8, 2013
Joint Statement by Ellen Tauscher and Igor Ivanov on Mutual Assured Stability
We are committed to help our respective authorities revitalize US-Russia relations in this direction, as our governments prepare for the next summit between President Obama and President Putin.
We see the US administration’s announcement on 15 March regarding missile defense to cancel Phase IV of the European Phased Adaptive Approach—including the development of a new interceptor with clear capability against ICBMs—as a significant signal, which may open a genuine window of opportunity for advancing US-Russia relations. The time has come for both sides to say yes to this opportunity by resolving the remaining issues and by embracing cooperation on missile defense between NATO and Russia.
For us, it is a clear signal to advance a substantial agenda to provide the elements of a reframed US-Russia relationship based on mutual assured stability. Our experts with political, military, technical, industrial, and academic backgrounds stand ready to make their contributions and have begun working in earnest.