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Vladimir Putin Proposes Another Year’s Extension of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Deal

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Vladimir Putin has proposed extending the New START agreement between the United States and Russia for another year, the Kremlin’s chief spokesman said on Thursday.

The agreement was due to expire in 2021.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “During the phone conversation between the Russian president and President Donald Trump, President Putin proposed at the start of the discussion that the extension of the New START agreement for another year be considered by both countries.”

The New START treaty allows Russia and the United States to deploy 1,550 nuclear warheads and 800 deployed strategic launchers, equal to the strategic arms each had in 1987, when the START I agreement came into force.

President Putin and Mr. Trump discussed other matters as well, Peskov said. He did not elaborate.

Aides to Mr. Trump have said in recent days that the U.S. president hopes to meet with Mr. Putin soon, but several officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have stressed that details still need to be worked out. The Kremlin has indicated that it will insist on the right to visit Mr. Trump’s Scottish golf resort — a visit that is widely seen as a guarantee of success.

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