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Russia, U.S. agree to exchange information on ICBM launches

(Xinhua)

09:17, February 09, 2012

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Russia and the United States have signed an agreement about two-way exchange of information regarding strategic missiles launches, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that the third session of the Russian-U.S. consultative commission on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was held in Geneva from Jan. 24 to Feb. 7.

"The sides agreed the number of launches of the inter- continental ballistic missiles (ICBM) or submarine-based missiles (per year) and they would exchange telemetric information about it in 2012," the ministry said.

It added that Moscow and Washington have been continuing their discussions on the practical issues related to the treaty's implementation.

According to the new START signed in 2010, Russia and the United States must provide each other with information about five test or training launches of their inter-continental ballistic missiles annually.

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