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Dep Russian FM-We Remain In Contact w/US Over New START Treaty


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has stated that Russia and the US are 'keeping contacts' on the New START nuclear arms limitation treaty, but adds that 'no big progress is expected' from this contact. Russia suspended its participation in the arms limitation treaty following President Vladimir Putin's address to a joint session of parliament in February.

  • The main provisions of New START (relating to inspection of one another's nuclear sites) had not been in operation for some time. However, the treaty's suspension nevertheless comes as a risk to future political and geostrateic stability given that the US will now be making assumptions about Russia's nuclear arsenal that it cannot corroborate.

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