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Russia Concerned About U.S. Nuclear-Reduction Offer

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated the Kremlin is interested in the nuclear-arms reductions proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama, but Lavrov also expressed concerns.

Speaking on June 20 at an economic conference in St. Petersburg, Lavrov said nuclear-weapons-reduction talks should be multilateral and not only involve Russia and the United States.

Lavrov also said such negotiations must include talks on missile-defense systems, alluding to the system the United States and NATO are establishing.

Lavrov said such systems were a "disruption of the strategic balance" and noted that the "Americans have significantly more conventional weapons that we do."

In his speech on June 19 in Berlin, U.S. President Barack Obama proposed that the United States and Russia cut nuclear weapons by a further one-third.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Russian TV