MOSCOW, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- A new arms control treaty between Russia and the United States will set an "unprecedentedly" low level for nuclear weapon inventory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
"The results that the negotiators in Geneva are approaching will allow us, for the first time in the past decades, to agree on an unprecedentedly low level of strategic offensive arms (inventory)," Lavrov said at a meeting with Russian non-governmental organizations.
"It is necessary to conclude a parity-based and efficient agreement on further cuts and limitations on strategic offensive arms," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
Russia and the United States have been working on a replacement for the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) that expired on Dec. 5 last year.
An outline of the new pact, agreed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, includes slashing each country's nuclear arsenal to 1,500-1,675 operational warheads and delivery vehicles to 500-1,000.