Russia and the United States reportedly negotiated in Helsinki on Monday on the continuation or renegotiation of the START agreement, which expires in February. The agreement limits Russia’s and the United States’ nuclear weapons equipment.

Chief Negotiator of the United States, Ambassador Marshall Billingslea said on Twitter on Tuesday that “important progress” had been made in the negotiations.

In the suite, he also thanked the president Sauli Niinistö and Finns about hosting the negotiations and shared a picture of himself and Niinistö. However, he did not disclose more details about the “progress”.

Billingslea’s negotiating partner was Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Moscow did not share Billingslean optimism. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, accused the United States of only taking its own point of view into account and said there was unlikely to be a replacement for the expiring agreement. The news agency reports this AP.

On Wednesday, the Russian president also sidelined the topic of talks Vladimir Putin. He commented on the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden political views. He tells about it Reuters.

According to Putin, Biden has made encouraging statements in public regarding the continuation of the START agreement.

Putin also said that Biden is seen as “quite strong anti-Russian rhetoric”.

“Unfortunately, we are used to this,” Putin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 on Wednesday.

Putin is also celebrating his birthday today.

Last month, former U.S. intelligence officials said NBC:llethat Russia is likely to intervene in the U.S. presidential election by blackmailing Biden.

After Monday’s talks, both Ryabkov and Billingsle each met separately with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. Niinistö said on Twitter that he welcomed the continuation of the conversation between the United States and Russia in the current “world state”.