Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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The possibility of extending a pivotal Russia-U.S. arms control pact is to be discussed in prospective talks with Washington, the Kremlin said Friday without saying whether Moscow wants to keep it.President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the prospects of extending the New START Treaty that is set to expire in 2021 will "depend on the position of our American partners" and require negotiations.He wouldn't say whether the Kremlin favors extending the 2010 pact that limited Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads each.Russia-U.S. relations have been strained over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russia hacking of the Democrats in the U.S. presidential election.While suggesting possible cooperation with Moscow to fight ISIS in Syria, as a candidate Trump was critical of the New START and talked about a need to strengthen U.S. nuclear arsenals.
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