Russia expected to ratify START in June

MOSCOW, May 14 (UPI) -- A leader in the Russian Senate said Friday Parliament will consider the new START treaty with the United States in about three weeks.

Mikhail Margelov, head of the Senate international relations committee, said he plans to discuss the treaty May 27 with James Miller, a U.S. undersecretary of defense, RIA Novosti reported. Miller will be coming to Moscow for the meeting.


In the United States, the treaty has already been submitted to the Senate for ratification.

The treaty, replacing one that expired in December, calls for both countries to cut the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550 over seven years, and delivery vehicles to 800.

Delay in ratification could be more likely in the U.S. Senate, experts say. President Obama's administration believes Senate Republicans may demand modernization of nuclear weapons while the number is being cut.

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