Russian and US negotiators could hammer out a
new nuclear arms reduction deal within weeks, the Russian Foreign
Ministry said Wednesday.
The statement from ministry spokesman
Igor Lyakin-Frolov followed weeks of uncertainty and sent a strong
signal that the long-running talks were nearing an end. "We hope it will take just a few weeks for our negotiators to reach agreement," Lyakin-Frolov said in a telephone interview.
and the US have been negotiating a successor to the 1991 Strategic
Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I, that expired on December 5. They had
hoped to reach a deal before the end of the year, but differences
persisted and officials had been evasive about a timeline.
said the consultations held during last week's visit to Moscow by the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, and retired
Gen. Jim Jones, President Barack Obama's national security adviser,