New Start nuclear treaty: meeting between Russians and Americans postponed

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New Start Nuclear Treaty: Russian-American Meeting Postponed

John Kirby, White House National Security Council Spokesman

The planned meeting between the Russians and the Americans to discuss the possible resumption of their inspections under the New Start treaty, a key nuclear disarmament agreement, has been postponed sine die, the Commission announced on Monday. Russian diplomacy.

The session of the Bilateral Consultative Commission on the Russian-American Start Treaty, initially scheduled in Cairo from November 29 to December 6, will not take place on the dates indicated, said the Russian Foreign Ministry, quoted by the TASS agency.

The event is postponed to a later date, he added.

According to Washington, Moscow did not justify postponing the Cairo meeting. We haven't received a real response from the Russians as to why they postponed it, said White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.

M. Kirby added that he hopes talks will resume as soon as possible.

“It's important not just for our two nations, it's important for the rest of the world.

— John Kirby, Spokesman for the White House National Security Council

This postponement comes in the ninth month of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, while tensions between Moscow and the West are at their highest.

Announcing the meeting in early November, Washington said it hoped for a constructive meeting, stressing the importance of dialogue despite the conflict in Ukraine, in order to reduce the risks.

The latest meeting of this advisory commission dates back to October 2021.

Russia announced at the beginning of August to suspend the American inspections planned on its military sites within the framework of the New Start treaty, ensuring to act in response to American obstacles to Russian inspections similar to the United States.

The New Start treaty is the last bilateral agreement of its kind binding the two main world nuclear powers.

Signed in 2010, it limits the arsenals of both countries to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads on either side, a reduction of nearly 30% from the previous limit set in 2002. It also limits the number of launchers and heavy bombers to 800.

In January 2021, Vladimir Putin extended it for five years, until 2026.

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