JRL NEWSWATCH: “Spinning good news on arms control” – The Hill/ Steven Pifer

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“… A speedy conclusion could be possible on extending New START, which would be in the U.S. interest. Putin has said Moscow would extend without conditions. … [C]hief [U.S.] arms control envoy[] Marshall Billingslea[] has called New START ‘deeply flawed.’ … Billingslea backed away from the demand that China [get involved] … [yet] continued to insist … Russia agree to a framework that would cover all nuclear weapons … and fix alleged shortcomings in New START’s verification regime. … Ryabkov addressed the U.S. conditions the same day: ‘Russia stands for an extension of the New START Treaty but is not ready to pay any price for that.’ …”

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