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Washington is interested in starting broad discussions with Moscow on further reduction of strategic nuclear arsenals. The announcement was made by Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for arms control, as she spoke at the Naval Academy in Annapolis last week. In her speech she made it clear that the U.S. seeks cuts to nuclear weapons stockpiles and solid cooperation with Moscow on anti-missile defense.

Overwhelmed with the outbursts of white noise which accompanied the New START ratification, for a period of time the Russian diplomacy seemed oblivious to Washington's missile defense plans, including those pertinent to the European part of the missile shield.

Recently Japan relaunched the campaign of claims to Russia's Kuril Islands - Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Khabomai. The impression is that Tokyo is under the delusion that it is entitled to its own version of the settlement in the wake of World War II and even hopes to draw benefits based on the unilateralist approach.

The last days of 2010 were marked by hot disputes in the US Senate on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty agreement (START) signed between Russia and the US. On this occasion the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Sergey Karakayev invited reporters to his headquarters in the Vlasikha village and made a number of principal statements.

Back when the NEW START, the ams control treaty currently awaiting ratification by the US Senate, was being put together, Washington attempted to deny the obvious fact that the reduction of strategic nuclear arsenals and the missile defense were interlocking themes. It should be credited entirely to the efforts of the Russian negotiating team that the text of the New Start does reflect the connection.

US Secretary of State H. Clinton said in a comment on the Strategic Defense and Security Review submitted to Great Britain's House of Commons that the country will remain the most capable US partner in the military sphere. In the past, the ties between the US and Great Britain used to be described as a special relationship since the term was floated by W. Churchill in his famous 1946 Fulton speech which marked the start of the Cold War.

Russia's Foreign Ministry responded to the July release of the US State Department's 2010 Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments. The Report contained allegations that Russia violated the nonproliferation regime. Initially, Russia's Foreign Ministry posted a brief comment on its Web site saying, “Without providing any facts, Russia is attributed to those that violate non-proliferation agreements. The report contains biased assessments of the compliance of the START treaty by Russia...