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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Talbott Talks Arms

MOSCOW -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott sounded an optimistic note Wednesday ahead of difficult arms talks set to take center stage at U.S. President Bill Clinton's first summit next month with President Vladimir Putin.

Talbott, the administration's liaison for arms control negotiations, arrived in Moscow for two days to argue the case for changes to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that would allow the United States to deploy a new national anti-missile defense shield, but arms control will not be the only item on the agenda when Clinton meets Putin on June 3 to 5.

"We do not want to see the ABM treaty violated, we don't want to see it weakened. We want to see it strengthened," Talbott told reporters.