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US, Russia agree on extending major nuclear accord: Official

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The United States said Tuesday it had reached an “agreement in principle” with Russia on extending New START, the two nations’ last major nuclear accord, which is due to expire in February.

“We are in fact willing to extend the New START treaty for some period of time provided that they, in return, agree to a limitation — a freeze — on their nuclear arsenal,” US negotiator Marshall Billingslea said.

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“We believe that there is an agreement in principle at the highest levels of our two governments,” he said at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

Russian diplomats have repeatedly emphasized that Moscow considers the limits on launch platforms — missiles, bombers and submarines — much more important than the restrictions on the number of warheads. Russia likely would be unwilling to accept a separate freeze on the number of warheads unless it is part of a full-fledged deal.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 14 October 2020 KSA 23:14 – GMT 20:14