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Russia declares option to withdraw from START treaty if feels threatened by West

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Steve Gutterman
Reuters
Jan 14, 2011

Russia’s parliament moved closer to approving a landmark arms reduction treaty with Washington Friday by amending domestic legislation to stress that Moscow could withdraw from the pact if it felt threatened by the West.

The amendments required for Russia to ratify the New START treaty do not change the pact itself and were introduced before the second of three ratification votes in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.

The U.S. Senate included its own interpretations of the treaty — the centrepiece of a “reset” that has improved long-strained relations between Moscow and Washington — when it voted to ratify it last month.

New START will commit each side to ceilings of 1,550 warheads on deployed strategic missiles and bombers within seven years and establish verification rules to replace those that expired in 2009 with the 1991 START I treaty.

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