Trump will surely use his Covid for election advantage, it also opens door for unthinkable… such as breakthrough on New START

Washington’s hardline

Washington’s hardline conditions for extending the New START treaty have been rejected out of hand by Russia. And yet, the US ambassador to Russia holds out hope for a deal. Trump’s Covid-19 illness may make this a possibility.

In a unique case of diplomacy by interview, President Trump’s special adviser for arms control, the Russian deputy foreign minister, and the US ambassador to Russia have moved the needle slightly in the direction of a negotiated extension of the New START treaty prior to its expiration in February 2021.

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