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Russian Official: Moscow To Abide By Arms Reduction Treaty With U.S.

Russia will abide by a strategic arms reduction treaty with the U.S. despite their differences over the crisis in Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

RIA Novosti news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying on May 6 that "there are no reasons today not to fulfil the treaty."

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed in 2010 allows each side to conduct 18 on-site inspections per year in the other country.

In March, Russian Defense Ministry officials were quoted as saying that on-site inspections under START might be suspended.

Meanwhile, the chief of the directorate for international cooperation at the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Koshelev, said on May 6 that Moscow is getting more convinced that the U.S. and NATO missile defense system "has a potential to be directed against Russia."

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, Reuters and ITAR-TASS