Trump-Putin Meeting: Dangers of Deteriorating U.S.-Russia Relations—and What to Do

As world leaders gather tomorrow for the Group of 20 (G20)
meeting in Hamburg, Germany, much of the attention will focus on the first
in-person, one-on-one meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian
President Vladimir Putin.

In the lead up to the meeting, which comes amid
deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, former British Defense
Secretary Des Browne, former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang
Ischinger, former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, and former US Senator
Sam Nunn have
written a public letter to Presidents Trump and Putin,
urging the leaders to work together on areas of existential common interest,
chief among them reducing nuclear and other military risks and preventing
catastrophic terrorist attacks.
 The Washington Post endorsed a key
recommendation, writing:

 “Mr. Trump might also fruitfully bring up an idea
floated recently by former Democratic senator Sam Nunn and former Russian
foreign minister Igor Ivanov, among others, to restart broader Russian-American
military-to-military communication.”

NTI provides key analysis and reports on U.S. and Russian
relations, including recommendations to reduce risks. Additionally NTI, in
cooperation with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, provides
important resources for the public and the news media addressing the capacity,
background and history of U.S. and Russian nuclear programs.

Open Letter to President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin, from Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and
Sam Nunn

Trump, Russia and Nuclear Weapons, NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn Interview with Atlanta
Public Radio

Rising Nuclear Dangers: Steps to Reduce Risks in the Euro-Atlantic Region, by NTI’s Robert E. Berls, Jr. and Leon Ratz offers
recommendations to avoid accidents, enhance predictability, and build
confidence between the West and Russia.

Pathways to Cooperation, a joint report by NTI and the
Russian-based Center for Energy and Security Studies, highlights key projects
the United States and Russia can take-on to innovate and build trust in the
nuclear sphere.

Not One-Sided: The Many Benefits of the New START Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty, an Atomic Pulse blog post by NTI Program Officer Brian

Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security, an op-ed published by Project, Des Browne, Wolfgang
Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn called for Russia and the West to take
immediate action to avoid potentially catastrophic conflict.

Taking a Page out of George Kennan’s Long Telegram, an Atomic
Pulse blog post by NTI Program Officers Leon Ratz and Brian Rose

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