19 Jan '11, 2am

Russia puts breaks on further nuclear cutbacks: MOSCOW: The cheer over Russia's approval of a new nuclear disarm...

MOSCOW: The cheer over Russia's approval of a new nuclear disarmament treaty is short-lived as it masks Moscow's reluctance to ensure further cuts, threatening US President Barack Obama's vision of a nuclear-free world. Russia is going through the final motions of ratifying a new START treaty that reduces old nuclear warhead ceilings by 30 per cent and limits each side to 700 deployed long-range missiles and heavy bombers. The pact will be submitted for a last vote to Russia's lower house of parliament on January 25 and almost certainly be ratified by the upper chamber the following day. It was backed by the US Senate last month. But analysts said that Moscow and Washington have little time to rejoice having put in motion the first round of mandated nuclear weapons reductions since the Cold War. Obama, who pledged to "reset" Russia-US relations, sees START as only a steppi...

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