FAST FIVE: Rare Bright Spot? Russia Mulling Face-To-Face Nuclear Arms Treaty Talks With US

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Russia Mulling Face-To-Face Nuclear Arms Treaty Talks With US Russia says it is mulling a face-to-face meeting with US officials in order to discuss the New START nuclear arms treaty (Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms).

“Within the framework of the [advisory] commission, a remote discussion continues on what organizational and technical problems need to be addressed.

Some of them have been removed, while others have made significant progress,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a Thursday press briefing.

In March 2021 the two sides renewed New START for a period of five years, and it will expire in February 2026 if it's not continued – an increasing possibility given US-Russia relations have deteriorated so fast they are near complete breaking point.

The treaty is intended to limit and reduce nuclear arms on either side, setting a limit of no more than 1,550 deployed warheads and 700 missiles.

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