NVMP-voorzitter Peter Buijs nam het initiatief voor een ‘Urgent Appeal to Presidents Putin and Biden to prevent nuclear war‘.
We look forward with great optimism to your meeting in person as the leaders of the most powerful nuclear weapon states. We hope that your summit on June 16 in Geneva will help to rebuild mutual respect and cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation.
Since the Soviet-U.S. alliance defeated fascism in 1945, courageous Russian and American leaders have several times channeled the courage to work together to put an end to the greatest risk facing humanity: a nuclear apocalypse, intended or unintended, that could end life on our planet.
In their cooperation to create the 1968 Nonproliferation Treaty, your predecessors limited the spread of the most dangerous weapons ever invented and committed to their ultimate elimination. Successive bilateral treaties have reduced their number by more than 85%. And you, President Putin and President Biden, have shown the same determination by extending New START, the most significant remaining bilateral arms control treaty.
We appeal to you to show the same courage and sense of urgency again when you meet in Geneva. Specifically, we urge you to:
- Reaffirm the joint statement of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan: “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”
- Commit to a bilateral strategic dialogue that is regular, frequent, comprehensive and result oriented leading to further reduction of the nuclear risk hanging over the world and to the re-discovery of the road to a world free of nuclear weapons.
Your responsibility extends far beyond your two great nations. The eyes of the world will be upon you, and we look forward to your success.
Peter Buijs, MD, Chair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Netherlands and initiator of the appeal
Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Secretary General, Pugwash Conferences
Ambassador Sergio Duarte, President, Pugwash Conferences
Ruth Mitchell, MB, Chair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Andrew Albertson, Executive Director, Foreign Policy for America
Ambassador (ret.) Sergey Batsanov, Member, Pugwash Council
Andrey Baklitskiy, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University
Emma Belcher, President, Ploughshares Fund
Rachel Bronson, PhD, President and CEO, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Edmund G. Brown Jr., former Governor of California, Executive Chair, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Dan Correa, Acting President, Federation of American Scientists Ramon Cruz, President, Sierra Club
David E. Drake, DO, President, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Academician Alexandre Dynkin, Chair, Russian Pugwash Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences
Colonel General (ret.) Victor Esin, Former Chief of the Main Staff, Strategic Missile Forces of the Russian Federation (1994-1996)
Prof. Aleksandr Ginzburg, Vice-Chair, Russian Pugwash Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences
Igor Ivanov, President of the Rus sian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia
Derek Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Global Zero
Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association, and publisher Arms Control Today
Anton Khlopkov, Director, Center for Energy and Security Studies
Academician Sergey Kolesnikov, MD, co-President, All-Russia Social Movement “For Safeguarding People,” Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Anastasia Malygina, Saint Petersburg State University
Adlan Margoev, Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University
Prof. Steven Miller, Chair of the Executive Committee, Pugwash
Olga Mironova, MD, PhD, co-President, Russian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
William J. Perry, 19th Secretary of Defense, Founder, William J. Perry Project
Dr. William C. Potter, Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Joan Rohlfing, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nuclear Threat Iniative
Natalya Samoylovskaya, Chair, Rus sian Student Pugwash Group and Member, Rus sian Pugwash Committee, Russian Academy of Sciences
Elena Sokova, Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Dmitry Stefanovich, Research Fellow, Primakov Instititute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
John F. Tierney, Executive Director, Council for a Livable World General of the Army (retired)
Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Member, Board of Directors, Primakov National Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences
Stephen Young, Acting co-Director, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists