U.S. Ambassador Marshall S. Billingslea. Photograph: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS
U.S. Ambassador Marshall S. Billingslea. Photograph: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

The latest round of talks on strategic stability and nuclear arms control between the United States and Russia, started in Vienna in the summer, continues on Monday in Helsinki.

Also in the previous round in 2017 deputy foreign ministers of the United States and Russia met in Helsinki. “We welcome the negotiators again,” the Finnish president’s office noted in a statement.

This time the negotiators are Ambassador Marshall S. Billingslea, the U.S. special presidential envoy for arms control, and Sergei Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister of the Russian Federation. “Finland is always ready to offer its good offices for promoting peace and security,” the president’s office added.

According to the statement, securing a confidential environment for dialogue, as desired by the parties involved, is an important part of this work.

As the previous time, President Sauli Niinistö will meet both negotiators after their talks.

President Niinistö met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov in Mäntyniemi on September 12 2017. Photograph: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
President Niinistö met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov in Mäntyniemi on September 12 2017. Photograph: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland