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    Russia Warns the United States


    by NTDTelevision

    Russia warns it could withdraw from a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty - due to be signed this week - if its security is threatened. Lets get the full report.

    Two days before Obama is to sign a landmark nuclear arms reduction pact with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Moscow's warning. They could withdraw from the treaty if U.S. missile-defense plans threaten Russia.

    He said Russia shares the aim of a world without nuclear arms, which Obama set out in Prague a year ago. But he made it clear Moscow won't come on board without steps to assuage its fears of ending up on the wrong side of a strategic imbalance.

    [Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister]: (Russian)
    "To move toward a nuclear-free world, it is necessary, as I have already said, to resolve the question of non-nuclear-equipped strategic offensive weapons and strategic weapons in general, which are being worked on by the United States.”


    [Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister]: (Russian)
    "World states will hardly accept a situation in which nuclear weapons will disappear but weapons that are no less destabilizing emerge in the hands of certain members of the international community and these weapons, in a strategic and military sense, will serve the same goal. So, in the context of reducing all types of offensive weapons we can talk about moving towards a nuclear-free world, but, I reiterate, there is no framework for this, and the agreement on this issue has yet to be reached.”

    Obama has acknowledged that the goal of a world without nuclear weapons may not be reached in his lifetime. But his administration has indicated it hopes further reductions will follow once the treaty is signed on Thursday.

    Lavrov spoke hours before Obama was to unveil a new policy calling for reduced U.S. reliance on its nuclear deterrent.

    The United States says the shield would be aimed to defend against nations such as Iran and is no threat to Russia.