The United States and the Soviet Union will resume negotiations on nuclear arms reductions in mid-June, the Soviets said Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov said the agreement was reached during the first day of talks between Secretary of State James Baker and Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.Gerasimov said the next round of talks on nuclear and space weapons would probably resume in Geneva on either June 12 or June 19 and last for six weeks. He said the Soviets had wanted the negotiations to begin again in May but that the Americans demurred.

He said the U.S. side explained that Richard Burt, the former Utahn who has been nominated by President Bush to head the U.S. team, probably would not be confirmed by the Senate in time to resume talks this month.

Baker and Shevardnadze met for almost three hours Wednesday. Early discussions focused on regional issues, such as the Middle East and Afghanistan, and included arms control, human rights and bilateral relations.