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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Suggests ABM Meetings

Russia has invited the other four leading nuclear powers to start a permanent consultation process that would encourage deeper nuclear arms cuts and help preserve the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Friday.

The move appears to be a fresh attempt by Moscow to prevent the United States from deploying a missile defense.

The Foreign Ministry's chief spokesman, Alexander Yakovenko, said in a statement released Friday that the proposed consultation process between Russia, the United States, Britain, France and China — all members of the United Nations Security Council — must focus on ways to ensure strategic stability.

The consultations should address Russia's proposal for Moscow and Washington to cut their arsenals to 1,500 nuclear warheads each and below, he said.