It is interesting but probably not a coincidence that on the morning when the State Department released the New START stats, we see Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov issuing a warning that the "reset" is not interminable. Lavrov had a rocky relationship with Condi Rice during the Bush administration, and Hillary Clinton put every personal skill she possesses into healing the resulting abrasions to the bilateral flesh. If it began awkwardly, with the mislabeled reset button, it developed into a partnership akin to a political marriage of sorts when their teams hammered out a New START treaty which they signed in April 2010 and the Senate ratified in December of that year - probably Hillary's best possible Christmas present from her former colleagues.
So as the days of her service in this cabinet position wane and the appointment of a successor looms, the effect of the transition is impossible to ignore, perhaps most suspensefully for her counterparts the world over. The Clinton Doctrine of Smart Power has served us, our partners and friends well. What will the next administration bring to the table? Sergei Lavrov, if we are to judge from last week's scenes at UNGA , is not the only foreign minister wondering.
Jim Watson / Pool via Reuters, file
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Antarctica during the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sept. 8.
MOSCOW - Russia and the United States must do more to strengthen relations because the "reset" in ties cannot continue forever, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview published Wednesday.
President Barack Obama called for the reset in ties before taking office in 2008 but relations have been strained by differences over issues such as missile defense, human rights and the conflict in Syria.
"If we talk about the 'reset,' it is clear that, using computer terminology, it cannot last forever. Otherwise it would not be a 'reset' but a program failure," Lavrov told the Kommersant business daily.
New START Treaty Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms
Fact SheetBureau of Arms Control, Verification and ComplianceOctober 3, 2012
(As of September 1, 2012, as drawn from the exchange of data by the Parties)
Category of Data United States of America Russian Federation Deployed ICBMs, Deployed SLBMs, and Deployed Heavy Bombers 806 491 Warheads on Deployed ICBMs, on Deployed SLBMs, and Nuclear Warheads Counted for Deployed Heavy Bombers 1722 1499 Deployed and Non-deployed Launchers of ICBMs, Deployed and Non-deployed Launchers of SLBMs, and Deployed and Non-deployed Heavy Bombers 1034 884
 Data in this Fact Sheet comes from the biannual exchange of data required by the Treaty. It contains data declared current as of September 1, 2012. Data will be updated each six month period after entry into force of the Treaty.