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Medvedev says new Russia-U.S. arms cuts treaty 95% agreed

RIA Novosti

24/01/201018:51

KRASNAYA POLYANA (Sochi), January 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday the new arms cuts pact with the United States has almost been agreed upon.

"Ninety-five percent of issues have been coordinated. I have rather optimistic expectations regarding the treaty," Medvedev told journalists.

"As regards the document, President [Barack] Obama and I clearly outlined the limits - what we may not do and what they may not do. Everything is clear here," he said.

A new document to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1), which expired on December 5, has not been signed yet over disagreements on verification and control arrangements to be included in the document.

The new treaty's outline, as agreed on by the Russian and U.S. presidents, includes cutting nuclear arsenals to 1,500-1,675 operational warheads and delivery vehicles to 500-1,000.



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