Moscow Denies Russia, US ‘Close’ to Deal on Nuclear Warhead Freeze
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia and the United States have not agreed to continue freezing their nuclear arsenals, and it is unclear what guides media reports that claim to the contrary, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Saturday.
The AP news agency reported on Friday, citing a source, that the two countries had agreed in principle to continue freezing their nuclear stockpiles. If it holds, an agreement could be reportedly announced before the November presidential election and may potentially lead to the New START extension. According to the source, the US has informed Russia that if the talks drag out beyond the election, it will demand more concessions from Moscow.
Commenting on the media reports, Ryabkov said that Russia is not ruling that the sides could first secure a “framework agreement that would allow us to talk about defining the main directions and parameters of further work.”
He added that his October 5 talks with US Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea in Helsinki “demonstrated that huge differences remain, including with regard to central elements of such an agreement” and a freeze on nuclear arsenals.