U.S.-Russia Agree to Update 1987 Accord on Reducing Nuclear Risk

The U.S. and Russia agreed to update a 1987 accord aimed at reducing the risk of nuclear war to reflect changing technologies.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signed the agreement on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia. Today’s agreement adapts the original accord to today’s reality, Lavrov said at a press conference with Kerry.

The original agreement, which was signed with the Soviet Union, led to the creation of Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers in Washington and Moscow to provide time-sensitive communications required by arms control treaties and security agreements, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

“With over 26 years’ experience, the Centers continue to support a robust array of conventional and strategic arms control treaties and agreements and confidence-building measures,” the State Department said in the statement.

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