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Medvedev sends US-Russian arms deal to parliament

Medvedev sends US-Russian arms deal to parliament

President Dmitry Medvedev says he has asked Russia's parliament to ratify the newly brokered arms control treaty with the United States.
Medvedev urged lawmakers Friday to synchronize the ratification process with the moves by the U.S. Senate.
Medvedev and President Barack Obama signed the "New START" last month in the Czech capital, Prague.
The deal would limit each country's stockpile of nuclear warheads to 1,550, down from the current level of 2,200 _ bringing the arsenals to a level last seen in the 1950s.
The treaty needs 67 votes in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats control 59 votes.
In apparent concern about potential U.S. ratification difficulties, Medvedev said Russian lawmakers should ratify the pact "no sooner and no later" than the U.S.


Updated : 2021-05-08 16:48 GMT+08:00