U.S. says agreement in principle reached with Russia to extend New START treaty

U.S. says agreement in principle reached with Russia to extend New START treaty
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[Ed. – This is the strategic arms limitation treaty that expires in February.  Trump was hoping to get a new treaty and incorporate China in negotiations for a three-party strategic arms treaty, but the administration appears to be prepared now to extend the existing treaty and resume negotiations after the election.  New START isn’t a very good treaty, but it would be better to extend it than not.]

The United States said Tuesday it had reached an “agreement in principle” with Russia on extending New START, the two nations’ last major nuclear accord, which is due to expire in February. …

“We are in fact willing to extend the New START treaty for some period of time provided that they, in return, agree to a limitation — a freeze — on their nuclear arsenal,” US negotiator Marshall Billingslea said.

“We believe that there is an agreement in principle at the highest levels of our two governments,” he said at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

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Billingslea cut short a trip to Asia last week to meet his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, saying he sensed a mood for compromise.

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