The agreement between US and Russian Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin potentially sets the stage for preventing a new nuclear arms race, but American politicians can undermine this process, experts told.
“This (agreement) is highly welcomed and represents a positive response to the recommendations of many experts and activists. This is a sign that both leaders understand that the current arms race can only lead to an increased risk of a nuclear catastrophe,” Marc Finaud, head of the Nonproliferation department at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, told.
He believes that groups should be formed quickly on both sides, which will meet to start negotiations on a new agreement or a series of agreements.
The head of the American University in Moscow, Edward Lozansky, expressed the opinion that after the constructive tone of the summit, Biden will face serious criticism at home, but the American media will not be as harsh towards him as towards his predecessor, Donald Trump.
“The most important thing is to take concrete steps and prevent the anti-Russian lobby from destroying the path to peace,” the expert said.
In turn, Joshua Pollack, a senior researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, believes that due to the high level of anti-Russian sentiment in the United States, especially among Republicans in Congress, Biden is unlikely to win the approval of any new agreement with Russia on arms control.
“Simply put, Republicans in Congress have little, if any, support for what President Biden can do,” Pollack said.