The United States and Russia are still at odds about a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. This pact, a cornerstone of U.S.-Russian arms control negotiations, addresses reducing nuclear arsenals and combating proliferation of nuclear weapons. Brookings President Strobe Talbott expects the new agreement to be completed soon and then go to the Senate for what is likely to be a contentious debate over ratification.
The question with this administration is, what will Trump see as an acceptable return for this waiver [granted to India for its trade with Russia and Iran]? Will he demand a transaction in return, some give on the trade side or a big defence deal for the US as well? Russia and Iran are sticking points, but the fact that the Trump administration is dealing with these privately is a sign of how much the relationship has changed. [Mr Trump] usually doesn’t give out freebies.