High-Level Group Issues Appeal to Biden and Putin to Reduce Nuclear Weapons Dangers

June 8, 2021
The secretariat informs that the leadership of the PSU,
together with a number of well-known scientists, published the text of the address
to Presidents Vladimir PUTIN and John BIDEN.

Call for Results-Oriented Dialogue to Rediscover the Road to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

(Washington and Moscow)—In advance of the first summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph R. Biden in Geneva on June 16, a group of American and Russian organizations, international nuclear policy experts, and former senior officials have issued an appeal to the two Presidents. It calls upon them, in their discussions on strategic stability, to take meaningful steps to reduce the risk of nuclear war and make further progress on nuclear arms control.

The statement was organized by leaders of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and Global Affairs, the recipients of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Peace, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and with valuable support by the Arms Control Association.

In the statement, which was delivered to the two governments on June 7, the signatories urge the two presidents to: "Commit to a bilateral strategic dialogue that is regular, frequent, comprehensive and result-oriented, leading to further reduction of the nuclear risk hanging over the world and to the re-discovery of the road to a world free of nuclear weapons."

For Pugwash, the Appeal was signed by Sergio Duarte (President), Paolo Cotta-Ramusino (Secretary-General), Steven E. Miller (Chair of the Executive Committee), and Sergey Batsanov (Director of the Geneva Office).

Among the other signatories of the Appeal are: Peter Bujis, chair of the Netherlands IPPNW, who initiated the Appeal; Academician Alexandre Dynkin, Chair, Russian Pugwash Committee; William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; A General Vyacheslav Trubnikov, IMEMO (Institute of World Economy and International Relations); Ira Helfand, past president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; and Joan Rohlfing, president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The full text is available on the https://pugwash.org/2021/06/08/high-level-group-issues-appeal-to-biden-and-putin-to-reduce-nuclear-weapons-dangers/

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