New Start won't keep Russia from developing Bulava missiles – deputy PM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Feb 6 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The New START arms reduction treaty will not shift Russia’s plans to continue developing Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and Yars RS-24 missiles, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged the instruments of ratification for the New START arms reduction treaty and the document came into effect.

“This treaty does not envision any duties on Russia except for one: to observe the limits stated in the treaty,” Ivanov said.

“The plans we had to develop the strategic component of the armed forces remain in force, this concerns Bulava and Yars,” Ivanov said.

Ivanov emphasized that not only Russia and the United States, but all of the countries which develop and have nuclear arms should hold talks aimed at reducing strategic nuclear arsenals.  (*)

Source : RIA NOVOSTI

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Lavrov, Clinton to bring New START into force on February 5

Sergei Lavrov and Hillary Clinton. Archive

Feb 02 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA NOVOSTI) —Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will exchange the instruments of ratification for the New START arms reduction pact in Munich on February 5, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The U.S. State Department confirmed February 5 as the date for the exchange, after which the pact will enter into force.

The new deal, replacing START 1, which expired in December 2009, was signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama in Prague in April 2010. The document cuts the Russian and U.S. strategic nuclear arsenals to a maximum of 1,550 warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200.

“The document lays the foundation for qualitatively new relations between Russia and the United States in the military-strategic sphere, and contributes to a transition to a higher level of bilateral interaction in the spheres of disarmament and nonproliferation, as well as in strengthening mutual and global security,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The U.S. Senate ratified the deal on December 22, 2010, but added several amendments to the resolution on ratification, including a demand to build up U.S. global missile defenses.

Medvedev signed the ratification documents on Friday after both houses of the Russian parliament ratified the new treaty adding some provisions to the ratification document and issuing two supplementary statements to the resolution on the treaty ratification.

Clinton and Lavrov will be in the German city for the 47th Munich Security Conference, to be held February 4-6. The annual gathering brings together senior figures from around the world to engage in intensive debate on current and future security challenges.  (*)

Russian foreign minister to visit India next week

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will travel to India on November 29 ahead of President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit in December, a ministry spokesman said.

Lavrov will meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna during his visit.

Russia-India relations have been blossoming in recent years, with India being one of the biggest importers of Russian military hardware.

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