Russia may abandon START-I treaty

Publish date: December 9, 1999

Russia may come out of START-I arms reduction treaty if the talks over the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty with the U.S. lead nowhere, Russian agency APN reported quoting the Commander of the Russian Strategic Forces Vladimir Yakovlev. The present Russian State Duma, lower house of the Russian parliament, failed to ratify the START-II Treaty signed in January 1993. Earlier this month, Vladimir Lukin, chairman of the Duma committee for foreign affairs, said the next State Duma would be more rational and ratify the treaty. But he stressed that no amendments should be introduced to the ABM Treaty.