US and Russian officials will meet in Egypt from November 29 to December 6 to discuss a key nuclear arms control agreement.
Meetings on the New START Treaty — the only existing agreement regulating the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals — come in the wake of Moscow’s nuclear threat to Ukraine and complications surrounding inspections related to the treaty.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday confirmed the dates and venue of the meeting to discuss the New START agreement.
A US State Department spokesman would not confirm the details, but said they “have scheduled a Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC) meeting with Russia to discuss implementation of the New START Treaty.”
“As we have done throughout the life of the treaty, the United States will approach the BCC in a constructive and professional manner without discussing further details publicly,” a spokesman said. “The US goal for the BCC, as it always has been, is to ensure full implementation of the treaty, including its verification regime.”
“We are planning and preparing for a productive BCC,” they said.