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Russia's upper house ratifies New START nuclear treaty

MOSCOW — The upper house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday ratified the New START nuclear arms pact with the United States, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to "reset" ties with Moscow.
The treaty 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.
The unanimous approval of the treaty by Russia's Federation Council came one day after it was passed by the lower house of parliament. It now has to be signed by President Dmitry Medvedev.
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