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Closed Hearing on START/ABM in the Russian Duma, March 21

Russian Foreign Ministry statement:

Closed hearings were held at the Russian Defense Ministry on March 21 this year on the ratification of the treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive weapons of January 3, 1993 (START-2) and the package of 1997 agreements on ABM issues.

The hearings were held by the Committees of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on International Affairs, on Defense and Security. Taking part were the leaders of the Russian ministries and agencies concerned.

The approach of the Russian leadership to the ratification of START-2 was summed up by the Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. The representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and other Russian agencies spoke unanimously in favor of early ratification of the treaty, the protocol on extending the term of its implementation as well as the package of agreements on anti-missile defense signed in New York on September 27, 1997 and aimed at strengthening the ABM Treaty. It was confirmed that the ratification of START-2 and the accords referred to meets the interests of national security of the Russian Federation and of stronger strategic stability in the world in the current complex international situation. It would pave the way for the start of official negotiations between Russia and the US on further strategic arms reductions within the framework of the START-3 treaty.

Source: Russian Foreign Ministry statement, document 181-21-3-2000, March 21


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