What’s ‘verifiable’? Extension of US-Russia nuclear New START treaty hinges on word

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Washington’s ‘no’ to Putin’s proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow

Asked last week about the possibility of a deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters, “There is no such prospect. I personally don’t see such a prospect. My colleagues who work … with the American delegation don’t see such a prospect either.”

While Russia was not closing the door to a deal, “talking through the language of ultimatums is impossible,” Lavrov added.

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