Russia: Meeting with US on arms control a starting point

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says a meeting with a U.S. counterpart was a starting point for working out fraught arms control issues

MOSCOW -- Russia's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday that a meeting with a U.S. counterpart was a starting point for working out fraught arms control issues.

Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thompson met Wednesday in Prague.

Russia was rattled by the U.S. withdrawal this year from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and has repeatedly expressed concern about the START treaty, another key arms control deal which runs out in 2021.