March 26, 2023

Russia, US renegotiate arms control

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In this March 10, 2011 file photo, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with then-US Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting in Moscow.| Photo: ALEXEY DRUZHININ / POOL / AFP

Russia and the US resumed arms control talks on Tuesday (31). The dialogue has been suspended since the start of the Ukrainian war.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held talks with the new US ambassador to Moscow, Lynn Tracy, on “some current issues related to arms control”. The announcement was made through a statement issued by the Russian government.

Rybakov has acknowledged in recent weeks that there is still no prospect of holding a bilateral commission on the START III or Novo START disarmament treaty, which expires in 2026.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the main obstacle to restarting this agreement is the US support for Ukraine. Inspection of nuclear power plants in these places is also one of the activities undertaken.

In December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that the freeze in dialogue between these countries threatens global stability.

“It is clear that this will lead to direct conflicts between nuclear powers with catastrophic consequences,” he declared.