The United States and Russia Need to Talk

Why are the Russians using kamikaze drones? The answer is simple: If they did not have nuclear weapons, the United States would have to invade Russia again.

The United States and Russia need to talk. I think they have a lot to talk about.

For the past 30 years, Russia has been violating its commitments under the 1992 Budapest Memorandum, which outlined a cease-fire in the former Yugoslavia. Russia has also been carrying out an aggressive campaign in the Caucasus, which has led to multiple wars in Chechnya and in neighboring Georgia.

These issues led to the 2002 and 2004 Mideast Summits and agreements. The 2005 Iraq War led to the 2006 War on Iraq, which brought the countries into direct confrontation with each other, setting the stage for a new round of conflict in the Middle East.

Since then, the United States and Russia have been trying to negotiate a nuclear agreement and other agreements. So far, they have been having trouble.

The Kremlin has been negotiating a separate nuclear deal with Iran for 40 years, under the premise that the United States would dismantle its nuclear weapons program, a process that took more than a half-century. The United States and Russia do not have the same view of the nuclear weapons program, and both sides want to retain the option of disabling the nuclear warheads on Russian strategic bombers.

The United States has the upper hand. Russia does not.

Some other things the United States and Russia have in common: They are both nuclear-armed countries.

For the past 25 years, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Russian President Leonid Brezhnev have been negotiating the removal and reduction of nuclear weapons, in the absence of a full-scale war. The Russian program, called the Russian Program for the Reduction and Dispose of of Nuclear Weapons, is now 15 years old. The United States now has about 10,000 warheads on nuclear submarines, and more than 3,500 nuclear weapons on land deployed on strategic weapons, but only about 6,000 in total stockpiled on land and sea.

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have insisted on a freeze-for-freeze-for-freeze. The Bush administration has been negotiating nuclear weapons removal. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has insisted that the country do the same. This has led to negotiations, which began in 2004, and the

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