The United States and Russia are once again discussing disarmament and a number of security issues in Geneva. Convinced sources say a meeting began at 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
In July, the meeting takes place under very secret conditions. The United States wants this second meeting to lead to “firm steps,” Deputy Secretary of State for the Disarmament Bonnie Jenkins said Wednesday. In addition to disarmament, discussions will focus on new technologies, space and artificial intelligence (AI).
The U.S. delegation is led by Foreign Minister Wendy Sherman and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov. The format was announced at a summit in Geneva last June between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The meeting is being held on Thursday as tensions between the two states have risen again. Russia has accused the United States of interfering in its legislative elections, often won by the ruling party and tainted by allegations of fraud. As part of that, Washington on Tuesday accused Moscow of obstructing a multilateral meeting on human rights.
The United States and Russia succeeded in renewing the Strategic Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (New START) a few months ago. But others have been discontinued in recent years and the differences are significant.
After Thursday’s meeting, Ms Sherman will also travel to Bern, the State Department said. He begins the first meeting of the new partnership between the two countries with Foreign Secretary Livia Liu. The second number of US diplomacy is set to continue touring the three countries on Monday.
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