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Medvedev hopes new nuclear arms deal to be signed in December

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Medvedev hopes new nuclear arms deal to be signed in December  - Sputnik International
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed hope on Sunday that Russia and the United States would be able to sign a new nuclear arms reduction deal in December.

SINGAPORE, November 15 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed hope on Sunday that Russia and the United States would be able to sign a new nuclear arms reduction deal in December.

"We, indeed, devoted most of the time to discussing a treaty on the reduction of offensive armaments and recognized the need to provide additional impetus to these negotiations," Medvedev said after his talks with U.S. President Barack Obama at the summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states in Singapore.

Medvedev said it was still necessary to find solutions to some issues that remained and involved technical aspects in some cases and political aspects in other cases.

"I believe that we'll be able, as we agreed during our first meeting in London and during our subsequent meetings, to agree on the final text of the treaty by December," Medvedev said, adding that the deal would be a contribution by Russia and the U.S. to international security.

The chief of the Russian General Staff said on Thursday that the ongoing arms cuts talks between Russia and the U.S. had seen differences on inspection and verification procedures.

Moscow and Washington are negotiating a replacement for the current Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), the basis for Russian-U.S. strategic nuclear disarmament, which expires on December 5.

"There are a number of problems pertaining to inspections, verification, and reporting figures," Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov said.

Makarov also said Washington was seeking to keep a point from the original treaty on the U.S. monitoring of Russia's mobile ground-based missiles.

He said monitoring had been provided by a U.S. team based in the Russian city of Votkinsk, home to a missile manufacturing plant.

"We do not have such missions in the United States, so it is quite natural that this [Votkinsk] mission will be removed, and it will leave its post on December 5," he said.

"We want the treaty to ensure both the security of the Russian Federation and of the United States on equal levels."

An outline of the new pact was agreed during the Russian and U.S. presidents' bilateral summit in Moscow in July and includes cutting their countries' nuclear arsenals to 1,500-1,675 operational warheads and delivery vehicles to 500-1,000.

START I commits the parties to reducing their nuclear warheads to 6,000 and their delivery vehicles to 1,600 each. In 2002, a follow-up strategic arms reduction agreement was concluded in Moscow. The document, known as the Moscow Treaty, envisioned cuts to 1,700-2,200 warheads by December 2012.

 

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