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Obama signs new arms control treaty in Prague / Obama podepsal novou odzbrojovaci smlouvu s Ruskem

Obama and Medvedev in Prague/ lidovky.cz imageToday was a big day for the Czech Republic. Prague was chosen to be the place where the US president Barack Obama and  the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev signed the so-called New START treaty. The treaty is supposed to reduce the 2 countries’ nuclear weapons by about 30% more than the previous deal.

The signing of the treaty was held in the historic Spanish Hall at the Prague Castle, only one year after Obama had his important speech on nuclear disarmament in Prague.

While the relationship between the US and former Russia seems to be improving some critics say the treaty itself is kind of impractical since the biggest nuclear threats are currently Iran and Northern Korea (not Russia).

Some fun facts about Obama’s visit to Prague:

  • Obama decided to work out in Hilton’s gym with all of the other regular hotel guests. He had a 40 minute aerobic work out and then he had a cigarette (just kidding…although smokes from time to time).
  • Since Medvedev is much shorter than Obama, his chair was made higher so that they looked equal in height when signing the treaty.

Here is Obama’s speach in Prague if anyone is interested:

CZ: Praha se dnes stala centrem udalosti. Je totiz vybranym mestem, kde presidenti Barack Obama a Dimitrij Medvedev podepsali novou odzbrojovaci smlouvu, ktera by mela snizit mnozstvi nuklearnich zbrani o 30% vice, nez co slibovala smlouva minula.

Zatimco president Vaclav Klaus smlouve velmi fandi, podle deniku Wall Street Journal je to dohoda neprakticka, jelikous nejvetsi hrozbou nynejsiho sveta neni americko-rusky jaderny konflikt, ale staty jako jsou Iran nebo Severni Korea.

Zde je proslov americkeho prezidenta pote, co ve Vladislavskem sale podepsal smlouvu Medvedevem:





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4 comments… add one
  • Vlastimil April 16, 2010, 1:15 pm

    It’s wonderful! Finally the world will be safer now…
    Instead of destroying the Eart 17 times , we will decrease amount of atom weapons to be able to destroy the Earth only 3 times…. I am not worried anymore 🙂

  • Tanja April 17, 2010, 11:43 am

    But do you trust the Russian government in anything? Medvedev is only a puppet of Putin…

  • Jamie April 18, 2010, 7:29 pm

    It’s been demonstrated by history that treaties like that reduce US arms but do nothing to reduce the Russians’ stockpiles or anybody else’s. It doesn’t make the world safer. Read Vladimir Bukovsky’s old article “The Peace Movement and the Soviet Union” for some insight.

  • Sarka April 19, 2010, 10:57 am

    I think it’s good that we are finally making friends with the Russians. One less enemy in the world.

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