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The US State Department has announced that Russia has postponed nuclear talks with the US that were scheduled for this week in Cairo. Neither side specified the reason for the delay.

Officials from both countries were expected to meet in Cairo, Egypt from November 29 to December 6 to discuss the resumption of inspections that have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020 under the New START (New START Agreement) strategic offensive weapons). .

A US State Department spokesman said in a statement that the Russian side had informed the US that Russia had unilaterally postponed the meeting and would propose a new date.

The spokesman said he could not provide more details, but since the resumption of inspections is a priority to keep the agreement as a stabilization tool, Washington is ready to reschedule the meeting as early as possible.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also confirmed the postponement of the talks.

The New START agreement, which went into effect in 2011, limits the number of nuclear warheads, land-based and submarine missiles that the US and Russia can deploy.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov said that one should not expect the talks to become a turning point. However, although relations had deteriorated to Cold War levels, the prevailing view was that the talks indicated a desire on both sides to continue the dialogue.

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