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Teams of Russia and USA on strategic stability began work

Working groups of the Russian Federation and the United States, the creation of which the parties have agreed on the consultations in Vienna on 22 June, has not yet begun work, said RIA Novosti Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

The special representative of the President of the United States on arms control Marshall Billingsley and Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held June 22-23 at the Vienna talks. The parties discussed the issue of extending the Contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3), which was signed in 2010 and expires in February 2021, the maintenance of stability and predictability in the conditions of the termination of the INF Treaty. At the consultations, the sides confirmed the launch of the working group on space and a number of others.

"Not yet," Ryabkov said, responding to a question.

According to him, it is expected that experts from capitals will participate in the work of these groups, not experts on the level's representative missions in both countries to the international organizations in Vienna.

"There are logistical difficulties associated with continued restrictions on regular flights. I think it's all surmountable", - said the Deputy Minister.