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Obama Thanks Polish President For Supporting START Treaty

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski (left) at the White House.
U.S. President Barack Obama today thanked his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, for supporting the New START treaty as Russia's neighbor.

Obama spoke after talks with Komorowski at the White House.

The treaty still has to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

"I feel confident," Obama said, "that when you've got previous secretaries of state, defense -- basically the entire national security apparatus of previous Democratic and Republican administrations, our closest allies who are most impacted by our relations with Russia, and as President [Bronislaw] Komorowski indicated, have 1,000 years of uneasy relations with Russia -- saying that the new START treaty is important, that we are going to be able to get it through the Senate."

The United States and Russia signed the new strategic nuclear arms reduction agreement, or New START, in April.

compiled from agency reports