Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 58

Moscow and Washington moved forward on two key arms control issues during talks March 22, but they continued to stumble over NATO expansion. Following talks in Moscow with Boris Yeltsin and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, U.S. secretary of state Warren Christopher declared that "enormous progress" had been made on the global nuclear test ban treaty and that the two sides hoped to present a common position at the Moscow G-7 summit April 19-20. "Substantial progress" was reportedly also achieved on resolving differences between Russia and the west on the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty. The two sides hope to settle those differences before a May meeting on CFE compliance.

On the down side, Primakov repeated Moscow’s long-held position that "Russia will never accept NATO enlargement… because it will not accept a worsening of the geopolitical situation and will stand by its interests." As he has in recent weeks, Primakov did suggest, however, that Moscow saw room for compromise if NATO agreed not to move its "military infrastructure" closer to Russia. Washington fared little better in the area of Russian-Iranian relations, winning a commitment from the Kremlin "to pressurize