US Under Secretary and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister agreed to hold bilateral New START meetings, the US Department of State said in a press release on Tuesday.
US Under Secretary Thomas Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov agreed to hold bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) meetings and will work together to schedule the talks, the US Department of State said in a press release on Tuesday.
"Under Secretary Shannon and Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov committed to holding future New START Bilateral Consultative Commission and Strategic Stability Talks and will exchange scheduling proposals in the near future," the release stated after the bilateral meeting on Monday.
By the way, the talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon were tough, but showed a spirit of goodwill as well as commitment to a resolution, the US Department of State said in a release on Tuesday.
"The conversation was tough, forthright, and deliberate, reflecting both parties’ commitment to a resolution. The United States and Russia seek a long-term solution that would address areas of bilateral concern that have strained the relationship," the release said. "The talks reflected a spirit of goodwill, but it is clear that more work needs to be done."
Washington dramatically curtailed arms control and nonproliferation discussions in 2014 and restricted contacts between the US and Russian militaries. This decision was made despite the implementation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START), which was signed in Prague, the Czech Republic, on April 8, 2010. As of February 5, 2011, New START would be in effect for 10 years with the possibility of prolongation. The United States' plans to place Aegis ashore ballistic missile defense system (Aegis BMDS) in NATO member states were regarded by Russia as a threat to its national security. Unwilling to take Russian concerns into account, Washington suspended its dialogue on this matter before a crisis broke out in Ukraine.