US: Missile Spat with Russia Will Be Worked Out

June 23, 2009 - 3:28 PM
The United States is expressing confidence that a spat over missile defense with Russia will not be an impediment to arms reduction talks.
Washington (AP) - The United States is expressing confidence that a spat over missile defense with Russia will not be an impediment to arms reduction talks.
 
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Tuesday that the United States and Russia should be able to settle their differences.
 
The countries are working to replace the expiring Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that significantly cut American and Russian nuclear arsenals.
 
Russia says it is ready for deep cuts in nuclear weapons if the U.S. eases Moscow's concerns about missile defense shields in eastern Europe.
 
The United States says the two issues are separate. The U.S. and Russia are hoping for progress on START talks by the time President Barack Obama visits Moscow in July.