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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov Hails Progress on Talks For New Arms Pact With U.S.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Russia and the United States have made progress on reaching a new deal to cut vast Cold War arsenals of nuclear weapons.

President Barack Obama and Kremlin chief Dmitry Medvedev agreed in July on the outlines of a preliminary deal to replace the landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, but negotiators are facing a host of technical issues in talks.

Lavrov said negotiators had made progress on difficult issues and would report to both presidents when they meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh later this month.

“We will have something to report by Pittsburgh,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov said he was confident that a replacement to the START I treaty would be found before it expires in December.

Finding agreement on a replacement for START I, signed by George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev just months before the close of the Cold War, is seen by both sides as a way to “reset” relations after the friction of recent years.

But many hurdles still remain before a deal can be signed, including U.S. plans to deploy elements of a missile defense shield in Europe.

“We need to resolve many, rather difficult questions involving the security of Russia and the United States,” Lavrov said.