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    Russia and the United States will continue discussions on a new strategic arms cuts treaty on February 1, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.

    Russia and the United States will continue discussions on a new strategic arms cuts treaty on February 1, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.

    "The negotiations on START will resume on Monday in Geneva. And negotiating teams for both the U.S. and the Russian side will convene and hopefully will arrive at a quality agreement that meets the needs and interests of both sides," Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley told a press briefing.

    Disagreements over verification and control procedures have prevented Moscow and Washington from signing a new deal to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1), which expired on December 5.

    President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday the new arms cuts pact with the United States was "95% coordinated."

    The new treaty's outline, as agreed by the Russian and U.S. presidents, includes cutting nuclear arsenals to 1,500-1,675 operational warheads and delivery vehicles to 500-1,000.

     

    WASHINGTON, January 27 (RIA Novosti)

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