Medvedev sends START arms treaty to Russian parliament

MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev asked the Russian parliament Friday to ratify the new arms control treaty with the United States, but warned lawmakers to do it no earlier than the US Senate does.
Medvedev and US President Barack Obama signed the "New START" last month in the Czech capital, Prague.
The deal would limit each country's stockpile of nuclear warheads to 1,550, down from the current level of 2,200 — bringing the arsenals to a level last seen in the 1950s. It replaces the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I, which expired in December.
The treaty needs 67 votes in the US Senate, where Democrats account for 59 votes.
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