Statement with Russian President Vladimir Putin
June 1, 2003
On May 24, 2002, we pledged to build a new strategic relationship between
the United States of America and the Russian Federation. We declared our partnership,
and our commitment to work together to advance stability, security, and prosperity
for our peoples, and to work jointly to counter global challenges and help
resolve regional conflicts. We also declared that where we had differences,
we would work to resolve them in a spirit of mutual respect.
We have met again to reaffirm our Nations' partnership and our commitment
to meet together the challenges of the 21st century.
With the completion of the ratification procedures by the United States
Senate, and the two houses of the Russian Federal Assembly, we have been
able to exchange instruments of ratification for the Moscow Treaty on Strategic
Offensive Reductions. The Treaty takes effect immediately. The deep reductions
of strategic nuclear warheads that it codifies are another indication of
the transformed relationship between our two countries.
We will intensify efforts to confront the global threats of terrorism, and
the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery,
that threaten our peoples and freedom-loving peoples around the world.
In this regard, we declare our intention to advance concrete joint projects
in the area of missile defense which will help deepen relations between the
United States and Russia.