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May 24, 2002: Bush and Putin sign agreement to reduce nuclear arsenal

May 24, 2002: Bush and Putin sign agreement to reduce nuclear arsenal

May 24, 2002
President Bush and President Vladimir Putin of Russia sign agreement to reduce each country's nuclear arsenal to between 1,700 and 2,200 warhead. "Each country," the agreement states, "shall determine for itself the composition and structure of its strategic offensive arms." The two leaders also agree to establish two new bilateral working groups focused on nuclear nonproliferation activities. In addition, they consent to launch a bilateral energy dialogue.