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START is short for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. It’s a good play upon words because it really improves relationship between US and Russia.|
As the article in Economists said, Obama has found another way to solve the problem about missile shield in Central Europe. Russia agrees that US troops can cross their territory for anti-terrorism in Afghan. And Russia even looses on Iran sanction question.
US has asked China to open its Wakhan Corridor to US troops to Afghan, and urged China to agree on Iran issue. As a friend of China, I have to remind it: when US and Russia become friends, you should be careful.
America, Russia and nuclear weapons
Russia and America agree to sharp cuts in their deployed warheads and delivery systems
IT HAS been a good week for Barack Obama. After passing his long-awaited health-care bill, he has now struck an equally long-awaited deal with Russia to reduce the two countries’ nuclear stockpiles. On Friday March 26th he announced that Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, had agreed to a follow-on treaty to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was signed in 1991 and expired last December. The new deal will cut both countries' arsenals by about a third from the maximum that would have been allowed under a deal struck in 2002 between George Bush and Russia's then-president, Vladimir Putin. The new deal will lower the countries' arsenals to 1,550 deployed warheads each and 700 delivery systems (intercontinental land-based missiles, submarine-based missiles and strategic bombers).
Progress over nuclear-weapons cuts could help to warm relations between America and Russia which had deteriorated badly in the later Bush years, particularly over a planned American missile shield for Central Europe. Mr Obama’s change to the Bush plan (he intends to resite the planned shield) has helped to ease tensions. Co-operation between the two countries continues in important areas. Russia now allows supplies to cross its territory to American and allied forces in Afghanistan. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN's Security Council, is also slowly coming around to the idea of new sanctions on Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme.
http://www.economist.com/world/i ... m?story_id=15796394