Ratifying START no easy process, says Russian MP

21:02, May 27, 2010      

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Ratification of the new strategic arms reduction treaty (START) will not be easy, head of the Russian parliament's International committee Mikhail Margelov said Thursday.

"I wouldn't say that ratification is a swift and already nearly completed process. It's going to be a difficult process. We have already found certain points in the document that make a swift and easy ratification unlikely in both the Russian State Duma and the U.S. Senate," he said as quoted by the RBC news agency.

Still, both Russia and the United States had been following the agreed timetable for the process, he said. Margelov was sure the U.S. Congress would finish the ratification before its August recess.

Moscow and Washington signed the new START document in April. Under the new treaty, the warheads held by the two nuclear superpowers will be reduced to 1,500, about 30 percent lower than the previous treaty's limitation. Strategic offensive weapons will be based solely on the national territories of Russia and the United States.

The widely hailed new pact is conducive to easing tense U.S.-Russian ties and pushing forward nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation process on a global scale.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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