Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | July 31, 2018

WHY PUTIN DESERVES A WHITE HOUSE MEETING WITH TRUMP | OPINION

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“Over 14,000 nuclear weapons still hang as swords of death over the world, and risk being used by accident, design or madness,” says Jonathan Granoff in an op-ed for Newsweek. Despite skepticism among White House representatives concerning another potential meeting between Trump and Putin, the author urges for further US-Russia cooperation. Both countries have an assigned international obligation to protect humanity from “existential threats” and therefore, further talks should be welcomed since there was no clear resolve after Helsinki.

Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of sustaining and protecting the “global commons” such as “the climate, the oceans, the rainforests”. However, for this to take shape “They must fulfil their commitments to advancing nuclear disarmament under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, such as a negotiating a fissile material cut-off agreement, ending nuclear testing by bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force, and reducing the size of nuclear arsenals. As required by unanimous ruling of the International Court of Justice, they must commence good-faith negotiations for universal legal elimination of nuclear weapons” says Granoff.

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