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Russian Federation Council ratifies new START treaty
The Russian Federation Council,
or the upper house of parliament, approved the new strategic
arms reduction treaty (START) with the United States Wednesday.
The bill was supported unanimously, as all 137 council members
who took part in the meeting voted for it, the state-run Itar-Tass
news agency reported.
Mikhail Margelov, head of the Federation Council's International
Affairs Committee, said both Russia and the U.S. have done a
lot of work to promote the ratification of the new treaty.
"The U.S. administration, and the Democrats in the Senate
and some Republicans have made unprecedented efforts to push
the treaty through and get it ratified," Margelov told Russian
senators during the START ratification debates.
This indicates that the new arms reduction pact meets the interests
of both countries, he said.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told
the Federation Council Wednesday that Russia is unable to reach
the limit on strategic missiles set in the new START even in
"We have a program for the coming 10 years, which says
how many missiles will enter combat duty. But even then we will
not reach the parameters listed in by START," Serdyukov
was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
Even after Russia fulfills its state armaments program in 2020,
it will still have a gap between the actual volume of strategic
armaments and the limit set in the treaty, he said.
Moscow and Washington signed the new START on April 8, 2010
in Prague. The treaty, which calls for a big cut in nuclear weapons
from both sides, has been widely seen as an effort for Russia
and the U.S. to "reset" their relations.
According to the new treaty, both countries must reduce the
number of their strategic missiles by two-fold to 800 units,
and reduce the number of warheads by one third to 1,550.
The treaty has been passed by the State Duma, or the lower
house of the Russian parliament, in the third and final reading
The U.S. Senate ratified the pact on Dec. 22 last year.
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