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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Arms Deal Possible Within Weeks

Russian and U.S. negotiators could hammer out a new nuclear arms reduction deal within weeks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

The statement from ministry spokesman Igor Lyakin-Frolov followed weeks of uncertainty and sent a strong signal that the long-running talks were nearing an end.

"We hope it will take just a few weeks for our negotiators to reach agreement," Lyakin-Frolov said in a telephone interview.

Russia and the U.S. have been negotiating a successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I, that expired on Dec. 5. They had hoped to reach a deal before the end of the year, but differences persisted and officials had been evasive about a timeline.