VIENNA, August 17. /TASS/. A new round of US-Russian talks on strategic stability and arms control began in Vienna on Monday. The Russian delegation is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, while the US delegation is led by Marshall Billingslea, US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.
The new meeting of the representatives of the two countries, led by Ryabkov and Billingslea, takes place in Vienna’s Niederosterreich Palace. The meeting, which will last from August 17 to August 18, takes place behind closed doors.
"Open-minded professional dialogue is better than propagandistic rhetoric which prevailed in this area for a long time," Russian Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted.
#Russia-#US consultations on strategic stability in Vienna will start in a few minutes. Open- minded professional dialogue is better than propagandistic rhetoric which prevailed in this area for a long time. pic.twitter.com/rxxJNXWipv— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) August 17, 2020
The first round of talks between Ryabkov and Billingslea's delegations took place on June 22, 2020, also in Vienna. The sides discussed extension of the New START treaty, among other things. Following the June talks, the sides agreed to create several joint working groups on strategic stability.
On July 27-30, the talks between three expert groups took place, which represented diplomatic and defense ministries of the two countries: the working groups on space security, on doctrines and potentials and on transparency and verification, were appointed.