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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senators Ratify Moscow Treaty

The Federation Council on Wednesday ratified a landmark nuclear deal with the United States that slashes both nations' nuclear arsenals by two thirds, giving the measure the final nod of approval it needed.

Meeting behind closed doors, the Federation Council approved the measure by a 140-5 vote with two abstentions.

The vote came days ahead of a U.S.-Russian presidential summit that Moscow is eager to see pass smoothly.

The U.S. Senate approved the accord, formally called the Moscow Treaty, in March, but the State Duma postponed its vote amid criticism of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Duma deputies ratified the treaty earlier this month, leaving the Federation Council's approval a mere formality.

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, who briefed the senators ahead of the vote, said the agreement has "principal significance for guaranteeing the security of both nations," Interfax reported.