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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seleznyov on START II




MOSCOW -- The new State Duma plans to ratify the long-stalled START II nuclear arms reduction treaty with the United States, but the move is unlikely to come any time soon, its speaker said Wednesday.


Communist lawmaker Gennady Seleznyov told Ekho Moskvy radio that the treaty remained on the agenda but he would not commit himself to any timetable. "No one initiates this move today, and we haven't discussed it yet,'' Seleznyov said.


Seleznyov said Wednesday that most legislators were prepared to ratify START II on the condition that the government provides a firm plan for deploying the new Topol-M missiles, which are to replace some of the older weapons to be dismantled under the treaty.