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Trump administration renews push for nuclear arms agreement with Russia before election

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

With only weeks to go until the general election, the Trump administration is renewing a push to finalize a nuclear agreement with Moscow, hoping that a deal may force China to reconsider its position on trilateral arms talks.

Washington and Moscow (CNN)With only weeks to go until the general election, the Trump administration is renewing a push to finalize a nuclear agreement with Moscow, hoping that a deal may force China to reconsider its position on trilateral arms talks.

Progress on these talks seeks to avoid the ultimate dismantling of the post-Cold War arms-control framework, already buffeted by the demise of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the uncertain fate awaiting the New START accord on US and Russian long-range nuclear arms, which expires on February 5, 2021.

On Monday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said it's "too early" to say a final agreement has been reached with the US to extend the New START treaty but added that Russia wants to "take action" before it expires.

Following the talks with Ryabkov, Billingslea tweeted about "important progress" in "pivotal US-Russia nuclear arms control negotiations. " But the Russian side was more cautious about the course of the talks, with Ryabkov calling reports of a quick agreement on the treaty "an illusion," citing vast differences between the Russian and the American versions of the agreement, according to state-run agency RIA Novosti.

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