Russia Ready for Direct Dialogue with US About Nuclear Weapons Treaty. PHOTO/Reuters
At a briefing in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia was open to reviving inspections under the New START treaty and was considering the possibility of an in-person meeting of a joint commission of representatives from the US and Russia.
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Physical inspections under the agreement have been suspended since 2020, initially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “The topic of continuing them is being considered,” Zakharova said, as quoted by Reuters.
“The possibility of holding a face-to-face session of the bilateral advisory commission is being studied,” he continued.
The treaty sets limits on the number of nuclear weapons each party can deploy, and outlines requirements for verification and inspection of each party’s nuclear arsenal.
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Earlier in August, Moscow said it was considering a new meeting of the commission, as well as the possible resumption of negotiations to extend the agreement.
It is one of the few major diplomatic agreements that remained in force between Moscow and Washington, as relations hit rock bottom over the issue. The conflict in Ukraine has further strained relations between the US and Russia.