United States plans to continue discussions with Russia

The United States plans to continue discussions with Russia on further arms cuts, including in conventional weapons, after the ratification of a new strategic arms reduction treaty, a senior Pentagon official said.
“We are hopeful that in coming days the [new START] treaty will be ratified and soon thereafter we want to pursue the follow-on talks aimed at further reductions,” Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday.
“And we want to bring in non-strategic weapons as well as non-deployed weapons into the discussion,” Vershbow told a panel of U.S., Polish, and German government officials and Russia experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.
Vershbow, a former ambassador to Russia, also said that the United States was hoping to reach an agreement with Russia on a framework for negotiations aimed at resuscitating conventional arms control and modernizing the CFE regime on the principle of reciprocity when it comes to transparency and reductions.

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