Russia says it’s still communicating with the US over the nuclear accord but prospects are low.

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Russia says it’s still communicating with the US over the nuclear accord but prospects are low. Despite suspending their final nuclear armaments treaty last month, Russia stated Friday that they are still in contact with the United States. Nevertheless, they see little hope of returning to the pact.

According to RIA, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov did not expect talks between Moscow and Washington about the New START pact to yield meaningful results.

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The 2010 accord caps the number of strategic nuclear weapons in each country’s arsenals. It was suspended last month after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of aiming to inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia in Ukraine.

According to Ryabkov, the only way for Moscow and Washington to salvage their broken relationship is for America to abandon its disastrous escalation course towards the Russian Federation.

Russia has pledged to maintain the treaty’s nuclear arms reductions, but Ryabkov has indicated that the treaty’s mutual inspections can’t be restarted.