US and Russia Plan to Pick Up Talks on Nuclear Disarmament
The US and Russia plan to soon begin discussions at the expert level on the status of a nuclear arms reduction treaty signed in 2010, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
Ryabkov and US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Shannon were in agreement that the treaty should be implemented without exception.
The New START treaty foresees the reduction of both countries' nuclear arsenals to only 1,550 warheads and 800 launch systems.
In the currently frosty relationship between Washington and Moscow, this is one of the few nuclear agreements still in operation.
Ryabkov also said at the meeting with Shannon in Helsinki on Tuesday that he did not see any possibility of Russia getting back its shuttered general consulate in San Francisco and two other trade missions, another victim of rising tensions between the two nations.