U.S., Russia in talks over Nunn-Lugar agreement

The United States recently confirmed that is in talks with Russia to extend a two decades-old agreement on the dismantling of chemical and nuclear weapons.

The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program is set to expire in June. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov recently said that Moscow has no plans to continue the agreement, but a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said discussions are currently underway, according to GMANetwork.com.

"In an anticipation of that we began talking to the Russian side back in July of this year about updating that agreement, and we are continuing to have those conversations," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, GMANetwork.com reports. "They have told us that they want revisions to the previous agreement. We are prepared to work with them on those revisions. We want to keep talking about it and we want to solve it."

The Russian Foreign Ministry said, in a statement issued after Ryabkov's remarks, that cooperation might continue, but only with certain changes.

"We have received a proposal from the American side to again extend the 1992 Agreement, which expires in June 2013," the statement said, GMANetwork.com reports. "Our American partners know that this proposal does not correspond with our view of the form in which and basis upon which it would be proper to build further cooperation. For this, a more modern legal framework is needed, among other things."