MOSCOW, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- A new Russia-U.S. treaty on strategic arms reduction would envision "radical, unprecedented" slashes in strategic offensive weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
When addressing university faculty and students in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Russia's top diplomat also said "interconnection between strategic offensive nuclear and non-nuclear weapons will be documented in the new treaty."
Moscow and Washington have been in intense talks in the past few months in a bid to find a replacement for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1), which expired on Dec. 5.
Lavrov said work on the new START treaty, which was "accomplished within a record short period of time," has made it possible to positively assess the present relations between Russian and the United States.
"We are optimistic about the future of Russian-American relations," said Lavrov as cited by the Interfax news agency.
The foreign minister also said the upcoming document was "of a fundamentally new quality" that "envisions equal rights and symmetric measures of control."
Russia's top military officer, Nikolai Makarov, said Monday that Russia and the United States were likely to clinch the new START treaty early next year, while the Russian foreign ministry said the same day that talks on nuclear disarmament would continue in Geneva in January.
START-1, signed in 1991 between the Soviet Union and the United States, obliged both sides to reduce the number of their nuclear warheads to 6,000 and delivery vehicles to 1,600.
The new treaty's outline agreed by the two presidents at a July summit in Moscow included slashing nuclear arsenals to 1,500 to 1,675 operational warheads and delivery vehicles to 500 to 1,000.
MOSCOW, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Russia and the United States will continue negotiations on reaching a new nuclear arms reduction deal, according to a Russian senator.
When summing up Russia's foreign affairs in 2009 at a Monday news conference, Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the international affairs committee in Russia's upper house, said several factors prevented Moscow and Washington from clinching a new treaty on their nuclear arsenals, including technical ones. Full story
Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, speaks at a news conference in Moscow, capital of Russia, Dec. 21, 2009. Russia and the United States are likely to clinch a new nuclear arms reduction treaty early next year, Gen. Nikolai Makarov said at a meeting with foreign military attaches on Monday. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo) Photo Gallery>>>
MOSCOW, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Russia and the United States are likely to clinch a new nuclear arms reduction treaty early next year, Russia's top military officer said on Monday.
"We will conclude a new pact at the beginning of next year, although there are some serious difficulties," Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, said at a meeting with foreign military attaches. Full story
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States and Russia are "quite close to an agreement" on further nuclear arms reduction after meeting his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Copenhagen.
"We've been making excellent progress. We are quite close to an agreement," Obama told reporters after the meeting, which came on the sidelines of UN climate talks here. He said he was confident the deal will be completed "in a timely fashion." Full story