Russia Says No To U.S. Proposal On Extending The New START Treaty “For Some Period Of Time” In Exchange For Russia Freezing Its Nuclear Arsenal

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Marshall Billingslea in Washington DC on 21 July. Billingslea said he had flown to Helsinki on Monday to meet the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, on the understanding that there could be an imminent breakthrough in talks. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock 

Top US negotiator claimed there was ‘an agreement in principle’ between Trump and Putin US-Russian nuclear arms control talks have sunk into confusion after the top American negotiator claimed there was “an agreement in principle” between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a claim Moscow quickly rejected as a “delusion”. 
Marshall Billingslea, the US special envoy for arms control, said he had flown to Helsinki on Monday to meet the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, on the understanding that there could be an imminent breakthrough in discussions on whether to extend the 2010 New Start treaty, which limits the number of deployed strategic warheads on either side, and which expires in February. 
WNU Editor: In a previous post I had mentioned that the Kremlin had made the calculation that President Trump will be defeated on November 3. As a result they are not going to agree to anything until after the election. 
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