Medvedev signs ratification of nuke pact with US

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 28, 2011 14:30




MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday signed the ratification of a nuclear arms cut pact with the United States, the centerpiece of US President Barack Obama's efforts to reset ties with Moscow.

The treaty, known as New START, limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200, and also re-establishes a system for monitoring that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of a previous arms deal.

In a statement to his security council on Friday, Medvedev said the pact will take effect when the ratification documents are exchanged by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The pact was approved by the US Senate last month after Obama pressed strongly for its passage, telephoning a handful of hesitant Republicans to lock in their votes.


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