Russia, US to resume arms talks
Russia: Geneva will host in early September the 5th round of talks
between Russia and the United States on a deal to cut their nuclear
weapons and finalise a successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
A Russian Foreign Ministry source said the September negotiations
were agreed upon at the July 6 meeting between Russian President Dmitri
Medvedev and US President Barack Obama.
The sides arranged to hold the next round of talks at the end of
August - start of September in Geneva, the source said.
The START successor treaty intends to cut the number of deployed
nuclear warheads on each side to 1,500-1,675 from levels above 2,200.
The 1991 deal expires on Dec. 5, so Moscow and Washington are expecting
to replace it with a 10-year agreement. Russia, however, has voiced
disagreement with the United States plans to deploy an anti-missile
defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.