Gates warns of fallout if Russia arms treaty fails

November 20, 2010 19:20

SANTIAGO, Chile — US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday that Russian cooperation on US priorities from the Afghan war to the diplomatic squeeze on Iran is at risk if the Senate doesn't pass a new nuclear arms treaty.

"There would be significant consequences" beyond the specifics of the US and Russian nuclear stockpiles, he said while in Chile for defense meetings.The US would lose the firsthand knowledge it now gets from onsite inspections in Russia," Gates said. The wider political fallout is hard to predict, he said, but could mean less Russian cooperation with overland supply routes for the war in Afghanistan.

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