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Russia, U.S. to hold third round of START talks in late June
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21:29, June 04, 2009

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The third round of Russia-U.S. talks to negotiate a replacement for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) will be held in Geneva in late June, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Russia and the United States on Wednesday concluded their second round of talks on a new strategic arms reduction agreement in Geneva.

"The parties continued to discuss a wide range of issues, including the drafting of the future agreement, and the possible parameters of a report on the negotiating process to be presented to the Russian and the U.S. presidents in July," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

They "also agreed to hold the next round of talks in the second half of June 2009, in Geneva," it said.

The Russian delegation at the talks is led by Anatoly Antonov, director of the security and disarmament department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and the U.S. delegation by Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller.

The two sides held their first round of negotiations in Moscow on May 19-21, which was described as a "success."

The START I, which is due to expire in December, places a limit of 6,000 strategic or long-range nuclear warheads on each side. The subsequent Moscow treaty calls for reducing nuclear warheads to between 1,700 and 2,200 by the end of 2012.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, at their first meeting in London in early April, agreed to work out a new treaty by the end of the year.

Source: Xinhua

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