Russia might ratify new START treaty this week

MOSCOW. December 23. KAZINFORM Russian parliament may ratify the new strategic arms reduction treaty (START) as early as Friday, the Russian lower chamber's chairman, Boris Gryzlov, said Thursday. Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

"The State Duma's International Affairs Committee and the (ruling party) United Russia agree that we could ratify the treaty tomorrow," said Gryzlov, quoted by Interfax news agency.

But he said the Duma members haven't seen the resolution adopted by the U.S. Senate so far. The document is expected to be arrived Thursday and it has some supplements.

If these supplements concern the basic text of the treaty, the Duma members might need more time to ratify the new START, Gryzlov said.

He assured that the final scheme of ratification would be made clear Thursday.

The U.S. Senate ratified the START Wednesday.

According to the new treaty, both countries must reduce the number of their strategic missiles two folds to 800 units, and reduce the number of warheads by one third to 1550. Kazinform cites Xinhua. See for full version

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