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Russia tests new ballistic missile

Russia test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as tensions over Ukraine escalated, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. Russia informed US authorities of the test prior to the launch on Monday, in keeping with an existing weapons treaty, Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren said. "I can confirm that the Russians test-fired an ICBM yesterday," Warren said. "The launch was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. Notifications were conducted as required under the new START treaty," Warren added.

Russia in new ballistic missile test

Russia carried out a new test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as tensions over Ukraine escalated, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. Russia informed US authorities of the test prior to the launch on Monday, in keeping with an existing weapons treaty, Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren said. "I can confirm that the Russians test-fired an ICBM yesterday," Warren said. "The launch was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. Notifications were conducted as required under the new START treaty," Warren added.

U.S. plans balanced cuts to nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia: officials

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under the New START treaty with Russia, but it will not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters.

US official : arms control work with Russia to continue

The White House's top arms control official on Wednesday said US cooperation with Russia on agreements limiting nuclear arsenals would survive the worst East-West tensions in years sparked by Ukraine. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said that US and Russian officials were even now working "effectively" together to prepare for a nuclear security summit in The Hague later this month which President Barack Obama will attend.

Russia may suspend arms inspection deal with US: reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may suspend nuclear arms inspections agreed in a treaty with the United States in reaction to Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russian news agencies on Saturday quoted an unnamed defense ministry source as saying. The pact is the linchpin of the nuclear arms control regime between the former Cold War foes and the main product of the 2010 "reset", a period of warmer ties that have since chilled.

Russia warns could halt foreign arms checks

Russia is considering halting foreign inspections of its strategic weapons arsenal, including nuclear-capable missiles, in response to "threats" from the West over the Ukraine crisis, the defence ministry said Saturday. "The unfounded threats towards Russia from the United States and NATO over its policy on Ukraine are seen by us as an unfriendly gesture that allows the declaration of force majeure circumstances," a high-ranking defence ministry official, who was not named, said in a statement to all Russian news agencies.

Russia may suspend arms inspection deal with U.S. over Ukraine: reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may suspend nuclear arms inspections set down in a treaty with the United States in reaction to Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russian news agencies quoted an unnamed defense ministry source on Saturday as saying. The source said the ministry was studying the possibility of suspending on-site inspections agreed in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between Moscow and Washington.

Chill in US-Russian relations dims disarmament hopes

The chill in US-Russian relations has dimmed prospects for a slash in America's nuclear weapons arsenal, experts say. Since his historic 2009 appeal in Prague, President Barack Obama has sought to make disarmament a cornerstone of his presidency. But much hinges on Moscow. In a major address in Berlin in June, Obama urged Russia to jointly reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles by a third, taking them to the 1,000 mark. "These are steps we can take to create a world of peace with justice," Obama said with the German capital's Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop.

Obama understands Russia's concerns over nuclear cuts

US President Barack Obama understands Moscow's concerns over his call for both countries to reduce their nuclear weapon stockpiles, Russia's foreign minister was reported as saying on Saturday. Obama had told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the G8 summit that he would call for the two countries to cut the number of their atomic weapons, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a television interview published on Saturday.

Russia signals nuclear arms cuts will not come easy

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia voiced concern on Wednesday about U.S. missile defenses and high-precision conventional weapons, signaling that nuclear arms cuts proposed by President Barack Obama are likely to face obstacles. In a speech in Berlin, Obama said he wanted to reduce U.S. deployed strategic nuclear weapons by one-third and would seek to negotiate cuts with Russia. The former Cold War foes possess the vast majority of the world's nuclear weapons.
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