The US will be happy to conclude a nuclear weapons agreement with Russia, President Donald Trump has said.
“We are currently working with Russia on a non-proliferation agreement, a nuclear non-proliferation agreement. If we have something like this, it would be great,” he told reporters in Florida.
From July 27 to 30, Vienna hosted a meeting of interdepartmental delegations of Russia and the United States 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, from June 22 to 23, the Russian-American consultations on strategic stability were held in the Austrian capital, where they discussed the extension of the strategic offensive arms reduction Treaty (Start-3), as well as maintaining stability and predictability in the context of the termination of the INF Treaty. At these consultations, the parties confirmed the launch of the space working group and some others.
The Start-3 Treaty, signed in 2010, remains the only existing arms limitation agreement between Russia and the United States. Its term expires in February 2021. Washington has not yet announced whether it intends to extend the agreement, while Russia supports an extension without preconditions.