It was a time for tributes in Moscow, a pause in talks between the US and Russia aimed at making progress in the strategic arms reduction treaty.
Hillary Clinton laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the start of the second leg of her two-day visit to Moscow. The sombre mood turned to optimism after it was clear that the talks over START2, as the nuclear arms reduction treaty is known, were making progress. It was an optimistic Clinton who spoke to the press.
“Our negotiating teams have reported that they have resolved all the major issues and there are some technical issues that remain but we are on the brink of seeing a new agreement between the United States and Russia,” said Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State.
It was after a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that reports emerged suggesting the new deal could be signed in April -and not in Washington, but Europe.
After the agreement of the START 1 treaty hundreds of planes were destroyed. That agreement ran out in December and both countries are focused on this new deal. It is understood problems over monitoring and verification procedures still remain, while Russia is insisting the new treaty acknowledges a link between defensive and offensive systems.