US, Russia agree on START nuclear treaty annexes

The United States and Russia have concluded negotiations on three annexes to the protocol of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that sets major cutbacks in their nuclear arsenals, the US State Department said.

Washington: The United States and Russia have concluded negotiations on three annexes to the protocol of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that sets major cutbacks in their nuclear arsenals, the US State Department said.

"These annexes contain the technical information and detailed procedures that will be used in implementing the New START Treaty verification regime," department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement.

The text of the annexes, which were exchanged in Moscow on Friday, "spell out the procedures for the conduct of inspection activities and the exchange of telemetric information," he added.

The annexes will now be submitted to each country`s legislature for ratification, the spokesman said.

On April 08, Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed in Prague the US-Russia New START treaty, committing the former Cold War foes to major nuclear arms cuts.

The former Cold War foes will be allowed a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads, about 30 percent lower than a limit set in 2002.

They are also restricted to 700 air, ground and submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles that carry warheads.

PTI