Column: U.S.-Russia nuclear accord renews promise of disarmament

Almost 27 years ago, in the summer of 1986, President Ronald Reagan asked a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate leaders to attend meetings in Geneva, Switzerland.

His hope was that formal negotiations between the former Soviet Union and the United States would commence and perhaps lead to a treaty on nuclear arms reduction that would come before the Senate for ratification and require a two-thirds majority vote.

Formal arms control negotiations did not commence that year, and Sen. Sam Nunn and I took the opportunity in subsequent years during visits to Europe to stay in touch with Russians we had met in Washington or during travels in Russia.

In 1991, some of the Russians with whom we had maintained ties came to visit with us in Sen. Nunn’s Washington office.

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