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Demise of key nuclear pact looms as US, Russia meet

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is demanding that Russia comply with arms control treaties as the formal demise of a key Cold War-era nuclear pact looms in just two weeks.

At a meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, U.S. diplomats told their Russian counterparts that complete compliance with such treaties must be verifiable.

But the head of Russia’s delegation said there was “no rapprochement” on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, which expires on Aug. 2.

In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (Susan Walsh/AP)
US, Russian delegations to discuss New START treaty in Geneva

Delegations from the U.S. and Russia are expected to meet this week to discuss arms control and the possibility of coaxing China into negotiating a new, three-way nuclear weapons pact, two senior administration officials said Monday.

The pact has been a cornerstone of international security since 1987. But Moscow and Washington have for years traded claims of the other party being in violation and the Trump administration announced plans to pull out.

The U.S. is also considering whether to renew another arms control treaty, New START, when it expires in two years.

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