Russia, US hold talks about nuclear pact, says Vladimir Putin

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January 12, 2018 1:31 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is holding negotiations with Washington regarding a pivotal nuclear arms pact.

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, Moscow, Washington, nuclear arms pactRussian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is holding negotiations with Washington regarding a pivotal nuclear arms pact. (Image: Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is holding negotiations with Washington regarding a pivotal nuclear arms pact. Putin said the U.S. plans to re-equip some of the nuclear capable aircraft and submarines to carry conventional weapons has drawn Russian concerns.  He noted Thursday that while the U.S. plans don’t contradict the 2010 U.S.-Russian New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, Moscow is entitled to monitor the modifications to make sure there is no chance for a rollback to nuclear capability in the future.

Speaking at a meeting with Russian newspaper editors, Putin said “a dialogue is going on, and I hope it will be positive.” The New START allows U.S. and Russia to have no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads each. It expires in 2021, but can be extended.

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