Over the last decade Russia has been implementing an extensive rearmament programme. Its aims are considered to be ambitious within the context of Russia's economic situation and the status of its domestic military-industrial base. What has been achieved thus far, and is the rearmament programme likely to realise its aims by 2020?

How much information does the Government give Parliament about its position in advance of treaty negotiations? Is it bound to provide Parliament with information on its 'red lines' and strategies? This note looks at some past examples of White and Green Papers ahead of treaty negotiations.