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Russia to propose UN General Assembly resolution on arms cuts

RIA Novosti

21:55 29/09/2010 MOSCOW, September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is set to put forward a draft resolution on a new strategic arms reduction treaty at the current session of the UN General Assembly, Russia's envoy to the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The draft resolution, on the bilateral reduction of strategic nuclear weapons and new frameworks for strategic relations, will be submitted jointly by Russia and the U.S.

Russia will also put forward two draft resolutions with China, on confidence-building measures in space projects and on the role of telecommunications in international security.

"We are urging support for their adoption by consensus," Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said on Rossiya 24 TV channel.

A new strategic arms reduction treaty was signed by the Russian and U.S. presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, on April 8 in Prague, replacing the START 1 treaty that expired in December 2009.

The new pact, which is yet to be ratified by either state, obligates both nations to limit their fielded strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550 warheads, while the number of deployed and non-deployed delivery vehicles must not exceed 800 on either side.

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