Russia denies New START ‘gentleman’s agreement' with US

Defense News: Russia is rejecting U.S. claims the two sides reached an “agreement in principle” to extend New START, their last remaining arms control agreement, casting doubt there would be an 11th hour deal before U.S. elections Nov. 3.

Hours after U.S. arms control envoy Marshall Billingslea said Tuesday a “gentleman’s agreement” had been reached at the “highest levels” to freeze U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals and extend New START for an unspecified period, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov contradicted him, saying the U.S. proposal was “unacceptable” to Moscow.

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