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Russia, US Put Off First Arms-Treaty Talks Since War in Ukraine

  • Commission on New START implementation was to meet in Cairo
  • Latest round put off to later date without explanation
Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov meet in June 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov meet in June 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Russia and the US put off a new round of talks under the New START treaty this week, in what would have been the first such discussions since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

Russia’s foreign ministry said the commission that handles implementation of the 2011 treaty will meet at a later date, according to state-run Tass. It gave no reason for the delay. A State Department spokesperson, commenting on customary condition of anonymity, said Russia had postponed the meeting, and the US was ready to reschedule at the earliest possible time.