Russia and the United States are set on March 22 to conduct their first swap of strategic nuclear arsenal data under a new arms control treaty, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, Feb. 8).
The former Cold War rivals last traded similar information in July 2009 under the original Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller said. The 1991 pact expired in December 2009.
New START, which took effect on February 5, calls for Moscow and Washington to each cap their deployed strategic nuclear warheads at 1,550, down from a limit of 2,200 required by 2012 under an earlier treaty. It also sets a ceiling of 700 deployed warhead delivery systems, with another 100 allowed in reserve.