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Russia-U.S. arms pact ready, could be signed in Prague - Kremlin source

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Russia and the United States have synchronized all the documents on a new strategic arms pact, which could be signed in Prague, a Kremlin source said on Wednesday.

Russia and the United States have synchronized all the documents on a new strategic arms pact, which could be signed in Prague, a Kremlin source said on Wednesday.

"Prague is considered to be the most likely venue for the signing of a strategic arms reduction treaty. All the documents are ready for signing," the source said.

"The final decision on the time and venue for the signing will be made by the Russian and U.S. presidents," he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday the treaty was 20 pages long, with an extensive protocol attached.

Russia and the United States have been negotiating a strategic arms reduction pact since the two countries' presidents met in April last year, but the work on the document has dragged on, with U.S. plans for missile defense in Europe a particular sticking point.

START 1, the cornerstone of a post-Cold War arms control setup, expired on December 5 2009.

MOSCOW, March 24 (RIA Novosti)

 

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