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US, Russia to discuss arms control in Geneva: Report

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Washington, July 16 (IANS) The US will send a high-level delegation to discuss arms control issues with the Russian side in Geneva later this week, the American media reported.

According to the New York Times, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will head the American delegation, which also includes staff from the National Security Council, Pentagon, and other agencies, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sergei Ryabkov, the Deputy Foreign Minister, will lead the Russian delegation.

The arms control regime between Washington and Moscow has been under erosion.

The White House’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty will take effect next month.

Meanwhile, the US has expressed disinterest in extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which will expire in 2021.


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