Russia & USA to hold strategic stability talks in Helsinki

Russia and the United States will hold talks on strategic stability in Helsinki on October 5th, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday, citing the Russian foreign ministry.

A nuclear arms control pact between Russia and the United States is in focus as it is due to expire in February. Russia sees minimal chances of extending the New START treaty - the two countries’ last major nuclear arms pact - as it does not accept conditions set out by Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump has previously attacked the treaty, claiming that it favoured Russia and was "one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration."

Current Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Inhofe, stated during a Senate debate that "Russia cheats in every arms control treaty we have with them," causing outrage in Moscow.

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