Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday called the new START a “cornerstone” for Europe’s security for the coming decades.
Speaking warmly of US President Barack Obama, Medvedev said in a televised appearance “under very difficult circumstances, he (Obama) managed to make the Senate ratify this document.”
The new START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), is a follow-up to the 1991 START I treaty, which expired in December 2009, START II and the 2002 Treaty of Moscow (SORT) due to expire in December 2012, which would reduces the number of operationally-inactive stockpile of nuclear warheads at both superpowers to 1,550 warheads each.
“Obama is a man who knows how to hear and to listen. A man who lives up to this standard, as he keeps his word,” Medvedev pointed out.
He made the comments during a televised question-and-answer session with the heads of Russia’s three leading television stations.
The Russian Parliament, which was waiting for the treaty to be ratified by the US Senate, held a first reading of a ratification bill earlier today. The bill will need to pass three readings by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, a process that will continue at least through the end of January.
Enjoy the article?
Did you find this article informative? Please consider contributing to Eurasia Review, as we are truly independent and do not receive financial support from any institution, corporation or organization.