Russian FM optimistic on arms control treaty deal

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2009 6:19 AM

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced hope that Moscow and Washington will be able to negotiate a successor to a Cold War-era arms control treaty that expires next month.

Andrei Nesterenko said Friday that Moscow hopes the next round of U.S.-Russian arms control talks produce a deal before the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires on Dec. 5.

Russian and U.S. diplomats are set to launch another round of negotiations in Geneva on Monday.

Nesterenko told a briefing that last week's visit to Moscow by U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones helped bring the countries' positions closer.

Talks on a successor to START I have been a major part of efforts to overcome a strain in U.S.-Russian ties.