Putin: Failure to ratify START would be 'dumb'

December 1, 2010 15:35

MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warning that his country will find it necessary to build up its nuclear forces, if the United State's does not ratify a new arms reduction treaty.

The treaty, called New START, was worked out this year amid praise that it marked a newly cooperative spirit between Washington and Moscow. However, many Republicans in the US Senate are expressing reluctance to ratify it.

In an interview to be broadcast Wednesday on the CNN television channel, Putin said that if the treaty isn't ratified, "we'll have to react somehow," including deploying new nuclear technology.

In interview excerpts posted on CNN's website, Putin said the treaty is in the United States' best interests and it would take "a very dumb nature" for legislators to ignore that.

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