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President Vladimir Putin met with US President Bill Clinton

July 21, 2000, Okinawa, Japan

During the meeting, Mr Putin relayed to Bill Clinton the proposals of the Russian party regarding negotiations on the SNF-3 (strategic nuclear force) Treaty. The heads of state adopted a joint declaration “On Strategic Stability Cooperation”, which, in part, pointed to the necessity of quickly resolving the issue of further strategic nuclear arms reductions in conjunction with negotiations on the future SNF-3 Treaty, provided that the 1972 ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty remained in place. The leaders agreed to keep up their efforts to support the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). “Russia and the United States are committed to finding new ways of cooperation to control the proliferation of missiles and missile technologies”, the declaration said.

Russia and the United States also agreed to make efforts during the year to create a joint Russian-US data exchange centre for early warning systems and missile launch notification. The parties stated that they would strive to finalise the treaty on prior notification of ballistic missile and other rocket launches, and on guidelines for making the system available for all interested parties wishing to participate.

At the meeting, the Russian and American presidents discussed acute regional security problems, in particular, the situation in the Balkans and the Middle East. Mr Putin highly appreciated American efforts to help the conflicting parties reach a peace agreement in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The heads of state also discussed the issue of nuclear and missile technology non-proliferation in view of Russian-Iranian cooperation.

July 21, 2000, Okinawa, Japan