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Another Nuclear Deal with US in Trouble: Russian minister

MOSCOW – Another nuclear deal between the United States and Russia may soon expire without being renewed after Washington’s withdrawal from the arms control pact of the Cold War era, a senior Russian diplomat said, AP reported Friday.
Talks to renew the 2011 agreement on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START Treaty) on nuclear missile reduction are due to start this year, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS news agency on February 7th.
Russain Ministers warned that we are losing time from our hand to save the pact signed in 2010 by US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, which is to expire in February 2021.
He said that Washington had shown “no willingness” to start negotiations on the extension of the treaty that limits each country to 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 missiles and bombers deployed.
He further said that campaigning for next year’s US presidential election could disrupt negotiations for the renewal of the new START.
“That’s why we have to do it this year,” he said.
The White House announced that the US was pulling out of the 1987 Medium-Weapons (INF) Treaty as of February 2, paving the way for the end of the treaty in six months. Russia has followed suit.
The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the FNI – something Russia has repeatedly denied.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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