The US will be happy to conclude a nuclear weapons agreement with Russia, President Donald Trump said.
“We are now working with Russia on a nonproliferation agreement, a nuclear nonproliferation agreement. If we have something like that, that would be great,” Trump told reporters in Florida.
In Vienna, on July 27-30, a meeting of the interdepartmental delegations of Russia and the United States took place within the framework of a bilateral strategic dialogue in the format of successive expert working groups on space security, doctrines and capabilities, as well as on transparency and verification.
A month earlier, on June 22-23, Russian-American consultations on strategic stability were held in Vienna, where they discussed the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3), maintaining stability and predictability in the context of the termination of the INF Treaty. At the consultations, the parties confirmed the launch of a working group on outer space and a number of others.
START-3, signed in 2010, remains the only active arms limitation treaty between Russia and the United States. The agreement expires in February 2021, until Washington announced whether it intends to renew it. Russia is in favor of extending the START III treaty without preconditions.