New Russia-US arms deal not finished

2009-12-18 09:57 BJT


Russia is urging the US to accept deeper cuts, and less intrusive verification measures, in a nuclear weapons treaty the two countries are negotiating.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says disagreements over such issues during the past few days have slowed efforts to reach a deal.

The White House said earlier that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are not expected to sign a nuclear weapons pact when they travel to Copenhagen this week.

But Lavrov says both nations will continue to make progress on negotiations for a successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and he hopes an agreement will be reached "within a brief period of time."

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said, "There are two key principles that need to be applied now, at the concluding stage of the talks. The first one is to ensure the deepest possible cuts in strategic offensive weapons -- and we stand for this. The second one is to ensure such mechanisms of verification that would match the new agreement, rather than the old treaty."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens during talks with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, not pictured, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens
during talks with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen,
not pictured, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 16,
2009.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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