Russia, U.S. may clinch new arms deal in March or April: Kremlin

11:57, February 27, 2010      

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A new nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States could be signed in March or April, a Kremlin aide said on Friday.

"The work is continuing. We still consider March or April as the most realistic timeframe for the signing of the treaty," Sergei Prikhodko, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's top foreign policy aide, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that a new arms treaty could be hammered out in the near future if both countries faithfully adhere to agreements reached by their presidents.

Russia and the United States began last year talks on a replacement for the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) that expired on Dec. 5, but they failed to reach a deal before the end of 2009.

An outline of the new pact, agreed to by Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama last July, includes cutting the number of nuclear warheads each country has to between 1,500 and 1,675.

Source: Xinhua
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