US welcomes Russian Duma call for New START ratification
"Today the committee discussed two drafts of supplementary statements of the State Duma and an alternative draft of the house statement prepared by the Communist Party faction," panel Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov said.
The treaty specifies numerous, mutually agreed limits on deployed nuclear launchers and warheads. Deployed strategic nuclear warheads, the most significant category, would be capped at 1550 each. While the smooth passage of the treaty has been at times threatened by both sides, particularly due to US objections over the rules used to count warheads, both sides are eager for verification activities to resume.
The third Russian reading is expected on Tuesday before the treaty is sent to the upper house for another vote, with inspections expected to resume later this year.