Russian Federation Council member Konstantin Kosachev is encouraged by the initiative of US Democratic senators who turned to the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with a proposal to begin a dialogue with Russia on strategic stability.
"The news is encouraging. After months and even years of US congressmen and senators’ severe rhetoric against Russia, including the demands to break off relations, there are signs of a "positive" and not "negative" parliamentary pressure on the US president, not on our country. I sincerely hope that this adequate understanding of Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly of Russia will be followed by the same adequate and reasonable modification of US policy in the field of strategic stability and collective security. Still, the threats in our world today are common. Eventually; it is not Russia that threatens the United States and not the United States threatens Russia. But the latter will become true only when Washington recognizes the former," Kosachev reported on his page in Facebook.
As reported by EADaily, senators from the US Democratic Party Jeff Merkley, Dianne Feinstein, Edward Markey, and independent Senator Bernie Sanders appealed to the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and called to start a dialogue with Russia on strategic stability after President Vladimir Putin's statements about new types of strategic weapons emerged in Russia. The senators' letter states that the strategic dialogue between the US and Russia "became more relevant" after Putin's public speech on March 1. "He mentioned several new types of nuclear weapons that Russia is reportedly developing, including a cruise missile and a nuclear underwater drone. Now they are not limited by START III and destabilize (the situation) if they are deployed," the letter says.