Nearly a month after Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden agreed on a strategic dialogue during a key summit in Switzerland, US and Russian envoys are meeting in Geneva today (Wednesday).
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, to head a delegation to hold nuclear arms talks with the United States, Sputnik reports quoting Sputnik.
Prior to the talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the two sides would discuss issues related to maintaining and strengthening strategic stability, as well as the prospect of arms control.
The State Department added that the series of talks with Russia should pave the way for future arms control mechanisms and measures to reduce the risks.
Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman will head a delegation to the talks. In addition, US Undersecretary of State Bonnie Jenkins is accompanying the US Delegation on Arms Control and International Security.
“There are many reasons to believe that the forthcoming talks between Moscow and Washington will be serious,” Nikolai Sukhov, a senior official at Vienna’s nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation headquarters, told Sputnik.
He continued: “Both sides feel that they need to do something tangible to stabilize strategic relations and revive the arms control agreement, because the New START Treaty is the last arms control treaty that remains in force. It remains.
The last talks in the summer of last year 2020 in the administration of former US President Donald Trump were also serious and promised progress, but the Trump team raised its demands and therefore these talks did not end.
Washington formally expanded the New Start Agreement in February this year. An agreement that will limit the nuclear weapons of the two sides to 700 missiles, 800 missile launchers and 1,550 warheads until February 5, 2026. The US decision to revive the pact, signed by then-US President Barack Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010, was welcomed by Moscow.
In this regard, Washington has repeatedly called on China to join the arms control talks with Russia. Beijing, meanwhile, has said its arsenal is small compared to that of the United States, but China is ready to hold bilateral talks on strategic security with the United States based on the principle of equality and mutual respect.
The resumption of talks on the revival of the New Start Pact follows talks between the Russian president and the US president during their meeting last month in Geneva, Switzerland.
Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden have agreed to resume so-called “strategic stability talks” between the two countries to reduce the risk of nuclear war.