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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

START I Inspections

MOSCOW -- Russian weapons inspectors arrived in the United States on Monday for spot checks under the START I nuclear arms reduction treaty, Itar-Tass reported.

During the five-day visit, Russian personnel will check on Washington's compliance with the 1991 treaty, which came into force in December 1994, said Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Sergei Kashirin.

Under the treaty the United States is to cut its nuclear arsenal to 3,500 warheads by 2003, while Russia cuts its stockpile to 3,000 warheads.

Russia's parliament so far has refused to ratify a START II treaty, contending it disadvantages Russia. The dispute is holding up negotiations on a START III weapons reduction treaty.