MUNICH, February 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is
proposing including a ban on the placement of strategic
offensive weapons outside national borders of nuclear powers in
a new Russia-U.S. arms reduction agreement, a Russian deputy
prime minister said on Friday.
The Strategic Arms Reduction (START-1) Treaty signed
between the Soviet Union and the United States in 1991 expires
on December 5, 2009.
It places a limit of 6,000 strategic or long-range nuclear
warheads on each side, and limits the number of delivery
vehicles, such as bombers, land-based and submarine-based
missiles, to 1,600 each.
Speaking at the 45th Munich Conference on Security Policy,
Sergei Ivanov said that a new agreement should not only reduce
the number of warheads, but also limit their deployment within
the national borders of the two nuclear powers.