Talks between the US and Russia on a successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) will resume in mid-January next year, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday.

He said the US delegation, led by Assistant Secretary Rose Gottemoeller, has returned from Geneva for a recess.

“Our goal remains to conclude a solid treaty for the president’s signature as soon as possible, and we expect that the teams will resume their negotiations in Geneva in mid-January,” Crowley said in a regular state department briefing, Xinhua reported.

The US and Russian teams have been negotiating in Geneva for more than two months to clinch an agreement over the successor treaty to the START, which expired Dec 5.

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