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Kremlin: talks to decide future of nuclear pact with US

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Slovenian President Borut Pahor after a signing ceremony following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Slovenia's ambassador to Moscow told RIA Novosti news agency that his country could host the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Slovenian President Borut Pahor after a signing ceremony following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Slovenia's ambassador to Moscow told RIA Novosti news agency that his country could host the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, and Slovenian President Borut Pahor shake hands with delegations during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Slovenia's ambassador to Moscow told RIA Novosti news agency that his country could host the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, and Slovenian President Borut Pahor shake hands with delegations during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Slovenia's ambassador to Moscow told RIA Novosti news agency that his country could host the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)  (The Associated Press)

The Kremlin says that the possibility of extending a pivotal Russia-U.S. arms control pact is to be discussed in prospective talks with Washington.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Friday that the prospects of extending the New Start Treaty that is set to expire in 2021 will "depend on the position of our American partners" and require negotiations.

He wouldn't say whether the Kremlin favors extending the 2010 pact that limited Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads for each country.

Peskov pointed to a "certain break in dialogue on strategic security issues" amid a bitter rift between Obama's administration and the Kremlin, saying that Moscow and Washington now need "an update of information and positions."