U.S. and Russia sign bilateral framework on threat reduction

The U.S. and Russia signed a new bilateral framework on threat reduction on Friday in an effort to reinforce the countries' longstanding partnership on nonproliferation, the White House announced on Monday.

The new framework builds upon the success of an expiring agreement the two countries reached in 1992. The agreement, called the 1992 Agreement between the U.S. and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons in the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation, is more commonly known as the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Umbrella Agreement. The agreement was set to expire on Monday.

The U.S. and Russia have worked together to promote nuclear security and partnered on multiple activities meant to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The activities include securing and eliminating WMD-related technology and materials and engaging pertinent expertise.

The new agreement, called the Framework Agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation, and a related bilateral protocol authorize the two countries to collaborate on several nonproliferation areas, including controlling, protecting and accounting for nuclear materials.

The White House said the signing of the framework shows the countries' commitment to nonproliferation and security.

"The signing of the new bilateral framework demonstrates that the United States and the Russian Federation remain committed to nuclear security and other mutual nonproliferation objectives," the White House said.