U.S. President Barack Obama said that the focus of Russian President Vladimir Putin at military power and not on economic development within the country has slowed down progress in the next phase of nuclear disarmament process. Such a statement Obama made at a press conference following the nuclear security summit in Washington, Reuters reports.
“My preference [as President] would be to further reduce our nuclear Arsenal,” Obama said.
He noted that Russia doesn’t agree to the continuation of the nuclear disarmament process. “After we finalized the agreement, “Start-2″ [Russian-American Treaty on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms — the new start Treaty], we turned to the Russians with a proposal to consider the next phase of arms control”, — quotes the words of Obama TASS.
However, continued the American President, because the election of Vladimir Putin as President in 2012, and “its emphasis on military power and not for development in Russia” “we have not yet seen the progress that I had hoped.”
At the same time, Obama noted that there is “good news.” According to him, it is that “opportunities for progress are saved”.
The nuclear security summit was held in Washington from 31 March to 1 April. Russia refused to participate in it. In the Kremlin the refusal of the Russian President from attending the summit explained “by a lack of interaction during preliminary study of the issues and themes of the summit”.