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Russia, U.S. to hold new round of strategic stability talks next month

MOSCOW, (The Southern African Times) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the next round of Russia-U.S. consultations on strategic stability will be held in September.

“Washington’s understanding of the unacceptability of a (nuclear) war was not only voiced in a joint statement issued by Putin and Biden, but also confirmed through concrete actions on the negotiation track,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov said the next talks will cover a broader range of strategic arms, both nuclear and non-nuclear ones, adding that he believes Russia and the United States are “interested in finding a common denominator.”

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in June at their first summit in Geneva to launch a Strategic Stability Dialogue to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.

The first round of such dialogue was held in Geneva on July 28, when both sides discussed approaches to maintaining strategic stability, the prospects for arms control and measures to reduce risks.

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