Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Mothballing the ABM Treaty

Russian Delegation Arrives

In the first week of December, Sergei Rogov, director of the Institute for the Study of Canada and USA of the Russian Academy of Sciences, came to America with three very high military officers: Colonel General Victor Yesin, former head of Russian strategic forces, and Vice Admiral Nikolai Konorev, then the second-ranking admiral in the Russian Navy, had been entertained by Catalytic Diplomacy before at my house. The third officer, Vice Admiral Valentin Kuznetsov, was about to become the Russian military representative to NATO; I had met him a year before in Moscow.

We organized a reception dinner at my home on December 5. Included among the guests were former Undersecretary of State John Holum; Major General John L. Barry, director of strategic planning for the U.S. Air Force; Rear Admiral (ret.) Eric A. McVadon; and Ed Levine, the chief arms control advisor to the Senator Foreign Relations Committee. A very pleasant and relaxed evening was held.

Later, on December 7, the Russian Embassy threw a reception for the visitors, and we attended that. A very firm basis then existed for Catalytic Diplomacy’s communications with the Russian military that—in theory at least—should be of continuing usefulness. It could be useful on the issue of a new strategic framework for U.S. and Russian strategic forces.

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