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Washington and Moscow Begin New Arms Control Talks in Geneva

They begin new arms control talks in Geneva today as part of an agreement reached by President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a summit last month. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who will lead the Russian delegation, said the Russian side should determine at the meeting “how serious the US side is in wanting a vigorous and focused dialogue on strategic stability.”

At the Geneva summit on June 16, Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to begin talks on “strategic stability” to “lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.” Today’s talks will focus on the new START deal, the last major arms control deal left between Moscow and Washington. Biden extended the deal in January, just before it expired. The new START came into force in 2011. The agreement limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550, deployed strategic delivery systems to 700, and provides for a verification regime.

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