UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomes the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, and hopes that it will lead to a reduction in nuclear arsenals, the official representative of the Secretary-General of the international organization, Stephane Dujarric, said at a briefing.
“The UN Secretary-General welcomes the joint statement on strategic stability adopted by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States following yesterday’s summit in Geneva, in particular their confirmation of the principles that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be unleashed,” Dujarric said.
According to him, Guterres also welcomes the intention of Moscow and Washington to enter into an integrated bilateral dialogue on strategic stability. “He hopes that this will lead to concrete arms control measures, including further reductions in the world’s largest nuclear arsenals,” Dujarric said.
The first meeting of Presidents Putin and Biden took place on June 16 in Geneva; the talks lasted 4.5 hours, including a break. Following the results, Putin said that he had agreed with Biden to start consultations on strategic stability at the interdepartmental level. According to him, both countries are aware of their special responsibility for strategic stability in the world.
In addition, the presidents adopted a joint statement stating that the Russian Federation and the United States confirm their commitment to the principle that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed. The same principle was fixed by the leaders of the USSR and the United States at a meeting in Geneva in 1985.