The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. March 3, 2014.
The Ukraine situation will affect Washington’s Middle Eastern priorities, but not to such a degree that it will stymie a strong U.S. response to Russian actions, since America has the power to act in the region without Moscow if necessary. Ukraine could well make it necessary. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Chief of Mission Residence. Paris, France. January 13, 2014.
Press Availability: Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, UN Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.
http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/01/219604.htm [HTML format; Video format, 41:32]
The Brookings Institution. December 20, 2013.
The United States and Russia are implementing the New START Treaty, which requires that each side reduce to no more than 1550 deployed strategic warheads on no more than 700 deployed strategic missiles and bombers by 2018. The Obama administration would like to go further. Doing so, however, will require that Washington address several related issues, first and foremost missile defense. Solutions on these issues are possible, if both Washington and Moscow are prepared to engage seriously. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Congressional Research Service. December 5, 2013.
Critics question whether the treaty serves U.S. national security interests, as Russia was
likely to reduce its forces with or without an arms control agreement and because the United
States and Russia no longer need arms control treaties to manage their relationship. Some also
consider the U.S.-Russian arms control process to be a distraction from the more important issues
on the nonproliferation agenda.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/218906.pdf [PDF format, 40 pages].