Policy Memos

U.S. - Russian Missile Defense Cooperation: Limits of the Possible

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President Vladimir Putin’s decision not to overreact to the December 2001 U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty paved the way to recovering from the painful and acrimonious debates about the fate of the treaty. However, time was needed to heal the wounds that U.S. unilateral decisions had inflicted on U.S.-Russia relations. Only in May 2003 did Russia decide to cooperate with the United States on strategic missile defense. Since then, discussions have become more practical. [...]