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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Sticks to Arms Plan

The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it has stuck to its proposal of quick cuts to nuclear arsenals during arms control talks with U.S. envoys this week.

The ministry also said in a statement that Moscow has presented some ideas on how arms controls pacts by U.S. President Vladimir Putin and President Bill Clinton could be achieved without altering the key Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

"There is no objective political reason not to go to a common ceiling of a maximum 1,500 warheads for each side," it said after talks between Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov and John Holum, the State Department?s undersecretary for arms control and international security.

The statement reiterated Moscow?s position that arms cuts could only be made if the 1972 ABM Treaty is left unchanged.

"In this connection, the American side was presented with several concepts on how goals in the arms control sphere set out by Putin and Clinton could be achieved without altering ABM," the ministry added.