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Russia offers US one-year freeze on nuclear warhead numbers

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MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday said it was ready to offer the United States a mutual one-year freeze on the number of nuclear warheads held by both countries in order to extend a landmark arms reduction deal due to expire next year.
“Russia offers extending the New START by one year and is ready to take on a political commitment with the United States to freeze the number of nuclear warheads both sides have for this period,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week proposed extending by one year the New START treaty, which is due to expire in February 2021. The White House described the proposal as a “non-starter” unless accompanied by a freeze on the number of nuclear warheads.