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Problems in U.S.-Russian Nuclear Talks

The Salt II treaty, an agreement between Russian and the United States that limits the number and types of nuclear weapons and delivery devices, will expire by the end of this year. General Nikolai Makarov, Russia’s armed forces chief of staff, said that there are still some points of disagreement standing in the way of a new treaty.

The disagreement centers around the Topol-M ballistic missile, which is carried aboard a land-based mobile launch platform capable of driving off-road, a system that has no U.S. equivalent. There is also a disagreement over an upper limit on the total number of launch platforms that can be deployed at any one time, with the U.S. suggesting 1,100 and Russia suggesting 500.


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