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Russia: U.S. Official In Moscow To Discuss Arms Control

Moscow, 9 March 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgii Mamedov met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Bolton today to discuss arms control. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that at the private meeting, Mamedov and Bolton discussed "issues of strategic offensive armaments, missile defense and non-proliferation".

In recent months, delegations led by Mamedov and Bolton have been trying to hammer out a deal on nuclear arms by the time U.S. President George W. Bush visits Russia in May.

The U.S. and Russia have pledged to cut down their nuclear weapons to between 1,700 to 2,200 each from the 6,000 allowed under the START-1 treaty. Russia has been seeking to have the cuts included in a formal treaty.

The ministry said official negotiations on arms control will resume later this month.