Russia wants a definitive end to the Cold War.
In an address to the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said finding a successor deal to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was a priority in “resetting” relations with Washington. “Russia is open to a constructive dialogue and is ready to work with all its partners,” he said. “Today for the first time since the end of the Cold War it’s really possible to reassess the global disarmenent process on a much wider scale. I’m convinced that we mustn’t let this chance pass us by,” he added. Lavrov’s call comes a day after talks with his US counterpart, Hillary Clinton during which she also stated the new administration’s wish to restart RUssian-US relations – a desire symbolised by her gift of a restart button. Lavrov also repeated a Russian call for the Middle East to be made a nuclear weapons free zone, but he failed to mention what action, if any, could be taken against Israel which officially denies having any atomic weapons.