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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma to Vote on Test Ban Treaty

The State Duma will consider ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on Friday, and is expected to adopt the pact, lawmakers said Tuesday.

The hearing will come a week after the Duma, the lower house of parliament, ended years of deadlock by ratifying the START II treaty to scrap thousands of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads.

Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov were planning to speak at Friday's debates on the test ban in the Duma, Interfax reported, citing chief of the chamber's international affairs committee, Dmitry Rogozin.

Rogozin predicted that the treaty will receive overwhelming support, with even Communist lawmakers expected to vote for it.

The test ban treaty has been signed by 154 countries, including Russia, but only about 30 have ratified it. Last year, the U.S. Senate voted to reject the treaty. Russia strongly criticized the move.