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Blaming the Biden administration Russia Meetings can be postponed to discuss a key nuclear arms control Agreement between the two countries was expected to be reached in Egypt on Tuesday. with You can find more information at State Department A spokesperson for the company stated that the decision was taken “unilaterally” By Russia.
The meetings on the New START Treaty – the only agreement left regulating the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals – were scheduled to be held in the wake of Moscow’s nuclear After complications around inspections relating to the treaty, US officials began saber-rattling with Ukraine. US officials repeatedly stressed the necessity of dialogue nuclear These are important factors to consider in order reduce risk.
Monday’s statement contained the following: State Department According to a spokesperson, “the United States and the Russian Federation were set to convene a meeting of the New START Treaty’s Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC) in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss New START Treaty implementation on Tuesday, November 29.”
“The Russian side informed the United States that Russia has unilaterally postponed the meeting and stated that it would propose new dates,” According to the spokesperson.
Russia US didn’t have any other reason for putting off the adoption talksSenior citizens State Department The Sunday Review was informed of the decision by an official The Sunday Review was informed by Moscow of the decision. “recent days,” The official stated.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, RIA Novosti, a Russian state media outlet, RIA Novosti, was informed by the Russian Foreign Ministry that talks Although the postponement was made, it did not provide any explanation.
“The session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission on the Russian-American START Treaty, previously scheduled in Cairo (November 29 – December 6), will not take place on the dates indicated. The event has been postponed to a later date,” According to the ministry.
The date of the rescheduled meeting talks remains unclear. The State Department A spokesperson for the US stated that they “is ready to reschedule at the earliest possible date as resuming inspections is a priority for sustaining the treaty as an instrument of stability.”
The New START Treaty puts limits on the number of deployed intercontinental-range nuclear Both the US as well as other countries have weapons Russia You can have. It was last extended for five-years in early 2021. This means that the two sides will soon have to begin negotiations on a new extension.
Under the treaty, Washington and Moscow conduct inspections of each other’s weapons sites, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, inspections have been halted since 2020.
Officials from the Biden administration had seen the resumption talks as a positive development, particularly as they were set to occur in the wake of Moscow’s nuclear Saber-rattling towards Ukraine
Officials from the Administration have stated that they are open to discussing the matter. arms control Even as agreement Russia US declares its support for diplomacy and mitigating risks by waging war in Ukraine nuclear catastrophe.
Elizabeth Rood, the top US diplomat to Moscow, stated that the US is still keen to resume a dialogue strategic. with Russia And “will continue to hold discussions within the framework of the Bilateral Consultative Commission.”
“President Biden has been very clear about his commitment to negotiating to maintain the arms control structure beyond the expiration of START in 2026. And we remain committed to that goal,” Rood stated.
“Until that happens, we will continue to hold discussions within the framework of the Bilateral Consultative Commission, which is the mechanism of the Treaty. And we will wait for the opportunity to resume the strategic dialogue,” Rood was added.
Washington “has channels for managing risk with the Russian Federation, particularly nuclear risks,” Rood stated that he added that “that was the purpose of CIA Director Burns’ meeting with his Russian counterpart.”
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