Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner interviewed former Secretary of Defense William Perry for Russian TV channel Russia One, discussing Russian-U.S. relations, nuclear terrorism, North Korea and NATO.
Former Secretary of Defense William Perry shaped U.S. national security policy in the aftermath of the Cold War. But our deteriorating relations with Russia, he argues in an interview with The Octavian Report, have re-awakened many of the nuclear dangers the world faced then — and current global political imperatives make taking real steps towards disarmament more unlikely with every passing day.
Before its collapse in 1991, the Soviet Union had some 27,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled across the Republic and enough weapons grade plutonium and uranium to triple that number. When the USSR fell, nuclear experts faced a precarious dilemma - how to prevent these now "loose" nukes from falling into the hands of those who could use these materials to unleash nuclear disaster on the world?
The recent NATO summit in Warsaw was the last for U.S. President Barack Obama. His first term in the White House began with a “reset” in relations with Russia and intentions to reduce the American military presence abroad. Now, NATO is expected to announce the expansion of its forces in Eastern Europe near the Russian border. Former U.S. secretary of defense William J. Perry, who was the head of the Pentagon from 1994-1997, talks to Rossiyskaya Gazeta about the U.S., Russia, and NATO.