NATO SEcGen welcomes Russian ratification of START

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, November 20, 2010.

From NATOStatement by the Secretary General on the Russian ratification of the new START Treaty

I warmly welcome the ratification by the Russian Parliament of the new START Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation. Following earlier ratification by the US Senate the entry into force of this important Treaty is good news for international security and stability.

Ratification of START was a shared goal of all 29 leaders of the NATO-Russia Council gathered at the Lisbon summit in November last year. It will make an important contribution to strengthening transparency, predictability and cooperation. I also hope that political momentum generated by this Treaty will help Allies and Russia to make concrete progress in their strategic partnership, including in the field of missile defence.  (photo: Getty)

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