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Trump's national security adviser calls Putin response to arms control talks a 'non-starter'

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Friday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to extend New START, a key arms control treaty, for one year without any additional agreements, calling the offer a "non-starter."

(CNN)White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Friday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to extend New START, a key arms control treaty, for one year without any additional agreements, calling the offer a "non-starter. "

It was in a meeting with his advisers Friday that Putin proposed to extend the nuclear arms reduction treaty for a year without preconditions.

O'Brien's rejection of Putin's offer comes days after Billingslea said the US and Russia had achieved "agreement in principle, at the highest levels of our two governments, to extend the treaty. "

Last month Billingslea threatened Russia that the Trump administration could increase the cost of extending New START -- by "including a lot of the other bad behavior that the Russians are engaged in around the world" in the nuclear negotiations -- if Moscow does not commit to meeting US demands before the American presidential election.

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