UN chief welcomes Russian ratification of new arms reduction treaty

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm 

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the Russian decision to ratify a new arms reduction accord with the United States – known as the new START nuclear arms control treaty – which allows the agreement to enter into force.

"In fulfilling one of the actions agreed upon at the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Russian Federation demonstrates its commitment to achieving nuclear disarmament and ensuring non-proliferation," Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesman.

The Russian Federation Council or the upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved the START treaty with unanimous support from all 137 council members who took part in the meeting and voted for it, reports said.

The new treaty, which U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev signed in Prague in April 2010, is to replace the 1991 START that expired on Dec. 5, 2009.

According to the new treaty, both countries must reduce the number of respective strategic missiles by two-fold to 800 units and lessen the number of warheads by one third to 1,550 units. (PNA/Xinhua)

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