Photo: Vitaly Belousov / RIA Novosti
Representatives of Russia and the United States at the talks in Vienna agreed to establish three working groups which will discuss further cooperation between the two countries. The details of the negotiations revealed the source of the newspaper “Kommersant”.
According to him, the parties agreed to establish a group on issues of security, doctrinally issues and problems of transparency and verification. “If you will allow the epidemiological situation, they will meet face to face since the middle of July, presumably in Vienna”, — said the interlocutor of the edition.
He said that the first group will be engaged in the security space. It’s not just about the issue of the appearance of weapons in space, but about “a number of other major stories.”
The second group focuses on the concepts of use of nuclear weapons. “What the Americans in this group pull-up related issues as they formulate, “nuclear warheads without categorization according to strategic and non-strategic”, as we know. But the knowledge of this fact does not mean that we are ready to discuss these issues,” — said the source. According to him, Moscow is ready to discuss with Washington their tactical arsenals, but with one condition: the United States should withdraw its nuclear weapons from Europe and stop the practice of holding joint nuclear missions.
The third group will deal with issues of transparency and verification is one of the most problematic blocks where there are serious discrepancies in the approaches. “Washington tends to look at the issue of verification, regardless of whether the new agreements in the nuclear-missile sphere, or their achievement will be impossible”, — said the interlocutor of “Kommersant”.
June 22, Russia and the United States meet in Vienna to discuss the extension of the Treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms. During consultations were discussed including maintaining stability and predictability in terms of termination of the Agreement on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range after the US.
Video, photo All from Russia.