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Office of the Spokesman
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October 17, 2008
Question Taken at October 17, 2008 Daily Press Briefing

Discussions with the Russians

Question: Has a meeting been scheduled between the U.S. and Russia regarding anti-missile treaties? If so, when is the meeting scheduled? Who will be attending? What will be discussed?

Answer: The U.S. and Russia have held extensive discussions regarding a Post Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) agreement and we expect to continue those discussions.

With regard to the extension of a START, the parties are obligated to meet no later than one year prior to the expiration date of the Treaty, i.e. December 5, 2008, to begin consideration of whether or not to extend the Treaty. The Parties to a START will meet in Geneva in mid November to initiate this process.

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