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START I may be extended until new treaty is signed - Moscow

MOSCOW. Nov 16 (Interfax) - The START I treaty, which expires on
December 5, may be extended until Russia and the United States reach a
new agreement on the reduction of strategic offensive armaments, a
representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry information and press
department told Interfax on Monday.

"It is legally possible to extend the old treaty until the signing
and ratification of the new deal," he said.

U.S. National Security Council Senior Director for Russian Affairs
Mike McFaul said earlier that it was necessary to sign an intermediate
treaty because of the impossibility to ratify the new treaty on time.








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