(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Russia strengthened ties on Saturday as a strategic arms control treaty between the two countries formally went into effect.
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was passed by the Senate in December, will enforce limits on the amount of atomic warheads both countries are allowed to have. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov exchanged ratification papers on Saturday in Munich to put the treaty into effect.
START will limit both countries to a maximum 800 deployed nuclear warhead delivery systems, and 1,550 deployed warheads. Both countries will also be allowed to inspect each other’s nuclear capability to verify the amount of warheads on missiles.
Clinton said the U.S. and Russia continue to discuss how both nations can work together on matters of interest relevant to their common security. Lavrov says the treaty will improve international stability.
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