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.
The much-hyped nuclear arms cut treaty signed between US and Russia does not provide for the `real` cuts, on the contrary Moscow would have to build more missiles to retain parity with Washington, Russian experts said on Friday.
US President Barack Obama has received bipartisan support for a new arms cut deal with Russia in place of the Cold War-era START treaty under which the two sides will reduce their nuclear stockpiles by 30 percent.
Russia and the US have made major `progress` on a new deal to slash the nuclear arsenals during the cold war, replacing Soviet-era START-1 treaty that ended December last, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.
US-Russian talks on finding a replacement for the START nuclear disarmament treaty which is about to expire are "coming to a close”, Russia`s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, with no signs of a last-minute deal.