Russia-US nuclear disarmament talks postponed

Officials from the two countries were due to meet in the Egyptian capital of Cairo from November 29 to December 6.

Nuclear disarmament Talks between Russia and the United States scheduled for this week have been postponed, according to the Moscow Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy.

Officials from the two countries were due to meet in the Egyptian capital of Cairo from November 29 to December 6 to discuss resuming inspections under the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, which had been suspended in March 2020. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The previously scheduled session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission under the US-Russia New START Treaty in Cairo (November 29 to December 6) will not take place on those dates,” the ministry said Monday. “The event is postponed to a later date.”

He gave no reason, although the Kommersant newspaper quoted the US Embassy as saying the decision had been Russia’s.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov had downplayed expectations of a breakthrough, though the talks were a sign that both sides at least wanted to maintain dialogue, even though relations are at their lowest level since. the Cold War.

suspended inspections

Russia in August suspended cooperation with inspections under the treaty, blaming travel restrictions imposed by Washington and its allies for Moscow’s February invasion of Ukraine, but said it was still committed to complying with the provisions of the treaty. treaty.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in early November that Washington hoped the November-December talks would allow inspections to resume.

“We have made it clear to Russia that the measures imposed as a result of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine do not prevent Russian inspectors from conducting New START Treaty inspections in the United States. So we hope that the BCC meeting will allow us to continue with those inspections,” he said.

New START, which went into effect in 2011, limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads the US and Russia can deploy, and the deployment of missiles and land and submarine bombers to deliver them.

The Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC), which will meet twice a year, last met in October 2021, shortly before Russia began moving forces to its border with Ukraine.

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