Russian State Duma passes new START treaty

10:12, January 26, 2011      

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Russia's lower house of parliament passed on Tuesday a nuclear arms reduction treaty that was ratified a month earlier by the U.S. Senate.

The State Duma voted 350-96 for the new START treaty in third reading, Russian media reported. The treaty will now go to the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, for final approval on Wednesday.

The new START treaty signed by Moscow and Washington on April 8, 2010 in Prague would require both countries to cut the number of warheads by one third to 1,550, and limit strategic missiles to 800 units.

The treaty has been widely seen as an effort by the two countries to "reset" their relations.

The State Duma has approved the new START treaty by a 350-58 vote in the first reading on Dec. 24 last year. It passed the treaty 349-57 with two abstentions in the second reading.

The U.S. Senate has ratified the pact on Dec. 22 last year.

Source: Xinhua


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