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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Support for START II

MOSCOW -- Russia's acting defense minister predicted Wednesday that the parliament will ratify the long-delayed START II treaty on nuclear arms despite lawmakers' objections.

"The position of many deputies upon whom decision-making depends has changed in favor of this document," Igor Sergeyev said in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan.

President Boris Yeltsin has made similar pledges about ratification but hard-line lawmakers have balked at approving it, reiterating allegations that the United States has violated the previous arms control agreement.