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Trump, Putin may discuss extending arms control treaty

Trump and Vladmir Putin
President Trump standing net to Russian leader Vladmir Putin during a photoshoot. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

President Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin may discuss extending the New START arms control treaty between the United States and Russia for another five years during their upcoming one-on-one meeting this month, according to a senior administration official.

The big picture: With the treaty's February 2021 deadline approaching, the meeting presents an opportunity for both countries to discuss its value and address issues each side may have with it. It isn't confirmed that New START will be part of the discussion, the official added, but it's likely the treaty will come up.

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