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U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs the postpones disarmament

2010-08-04 12:52

Michael Hammer, the spokesman of the National Security Council of the USA, understands the decision of senators to adjourn voting on agreement on offensive arms reduction - RIA Novosti.


He noted the agreement was supported by both Democrats and Republicans. In this way, the adjourned voting opens way for discussion by the full Senate and for adding it to the agenda of the international committee of the chamber.

Yesterday the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs adjourned voting on the new START agreement for at least 6 weeks on the reason of thorough study of the document.

Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, and Barack Obama, the President of the USA, signed a new START agreement in Prague on April 8th 2010. The document implies muss reduction of strategic offensive arms. The sides intend to cut the total number of armaments by one third - up to 1 550 - in comparison to the agreement of 2002. The document must be endorsed by both chambers of the Russian parliament, and by the U.S. Senate. Moscow and Washington intend to ratify the document unanimously.


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