To discuss the new START agreement. An upcoming US-Russian meeting in Egypt
Officials are expected to meet United States of America and Russia In Egypt from November 29 to December 6 to discuss key nuclear arms control deals.
The meetings on the New START treaty – the only remaining treaty governing the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals – come in the wake of Moscow’s nuclear threats to Ukraine and complications over treaty-related inspections.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday confirmed the date and place of the meeting to discuss the new START agreement.
A State Department spokesman declined to confirm the details but said they had “scheduled a bilateral advisory committee (BCC) meeting with Russia to discuss the implementation of New START.”
“As we have done throughout the life of the treaty, the United States will negotiate constructively and professionally with the Coordinating Conduct Committee without discussing further details,” the spokesman said, adding that the United States’ goal with the agreement , as always, to ensure the full implementation of the treaty, including its verification system.
Weapons site inspection
The contract was last extended by five years in early 2021. Under the treaty, Washington and Moscow conduct mutual inspections of weapons sites. However, inspections have been halted since 2020 due to the pandemic, and tensions flared when the United States attempted to resume inspections earlier this year.
One administration official said Biden administration officials view the New START talks, which will be held later this month, as a positive development, although they do not expect the talks to result in an immediate resumption of on-site inspections.
Government officials said a willingness to discuss an arms control deal, even if Russia is at war in Ukraine, shows Moscow’s commitment to diplomacy.
“We firmly believe in the transformative power and importance of diplomacy and dialogue around the world,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a news conference last week. “And when it comes to Russia, of course, we are clear and we are “We’ve been focused on lowering the stakes in these talks, but we’ve been very careful to ensure that our two countries’ capability goes back and forth communicating and entering into dialogue has not atrophied.”
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