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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Disarmament Talks Still Deadlocked

GENEVA -- Top U.S. and Russian officials Friday ended three days of talks to break the deadlock in nuclear disarmament with the Kremlin still insisting on the importance of maintaining the Antiballistic Missile Treaty.

U.S. officials, who declined to comment on the talks to reporters throughout the meeting, would say only that the two sides had continued their discussions in "an open, businesslike" atmosphere.

In Moscow the Foreign Ministry released a brief statement when the meeting ended Friday, saying that, "The Russian side underlined the tight interrelatedness between the process of reducing strategic arms and the ABM treaty of 1972."

Officials, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, have noted that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will be in Moscow at the end of this month, leaving open the possibility of further developments.

Both governments have long urged the Russian parliament to ratify the long-stalled START II accord of strategic arms cuts.