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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seleznyov on START II

MOSCOW -- The State Duma will stop stonewalling the START II nuclear arms reduction treaty and finally schedule a vote on the treaty as soon as the government explains how it intends to fund the disarmament, a top deputy said Tuesday.

Lower house Speaker Gennady Seleznyov said a vote on ratifying the 1993 treaty would finally be scheduled once the cash-strapped government had provided concrete figures on how much START II would cost Russia.

"Today the question is, can the government devote the necessary funds to destroy old weapons and build new ones?" he said.

The agreement was ratified in 1996 by the U.S. Senate but the Duma has not voted on the issue.