It is in the interest of both the United States and Russia to ensure that progress on new nuclear arms control arrangements does not fall victim to deep, and perhaps irreconcilable, differences.
Russian, U.S. officials planned security talks for Jan. 10.
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Scientific cooperation could offer a relatively easy way to begin stabilizing troubled ties.
The United States and Russia established two working groups as a next step to make meaningful progress on arms control for the first time in nearly a decade.
Neither side has said much about where the process stands.
After more than a decade of rising tensions and growing nuclear competition between the two largest nuclear-weapon states, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at their June 16 summit to engage in a robust “strategic stability” dialogue to “lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.”
The bilateral dialogue could be the first step in making progress on arms control after more than a decade of deadlock.