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Clinton Says Russia, U.S. On 'Brink' Of New Arms Treaty

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States and Russia are "on the brink" of agreeing a new nuclear arms reduction treaty.

Clinton made the comment after talks in Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"We are very encouraged by progress on a new START agreement," Clinton said. "Our negotiating teams have reported that they have resolved all of the major issues and there are some technical issues that remain. But we are on the brink of seeing a new agreement between the United States and Russia."

Russian and U.S. negotiators have been in talks to agree a successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired in December, but have so far failed to reach a final accord.

Clinton later met with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as she wrapped up her visit today.

Putin complained about Russia's application to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and issues concerning bilateral trade.

Clinton reassured him that the United States was "very committed" to Russia joining the WTO, and discussed ways to facilitate the step.

compiled from agency reports