Russian parliament ratifies New START treaty with US

Yea, a safer world.

MOSCOW — Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday ratified a landmark nuclear arms pact with the United States, virtually assuring passage of an agreement President Barack Obama has described as the most significant arms control deal in nearly two decades.

The State Duma voted 350-96 with one abstention to pass a bill to ratify the New START treaty, which was approved by the U.S. Senate late last year. The treaty will now go to the upper house for final approval.

The New START would limit each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200 and also re-establish a system for monitoring that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and President George H.W. Bush.


President Barack Obama talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during a phone call in the Oval Office, Jan. 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




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31 thoughts on “Russian parliament ratifies New START treaty with US

  1. This is monumental, among other monumental accomplishments of President Obama. Thanks for bringing us this news, BWD!

  2. Brilliant news, thanks for letting us know about this, BWD! What would we do without you??

  3. I don’t visit often, but when I do come by, I never leave disappointed….. Thanks for keeping me/us informed, BWD……:o)

  4. ABC has a breaking news banner – President Obama will propose overall budget freeze and a ban on earmarks in the SOTU tonight.

  5. Compare that russian vote margin (7 to 1) with that of the american. Pretty pathetic isn’t it ?

  6. It’s crazy – they air the official rebuttal from Ryan and then the Tea Party rebuttal.

    Where is a progressive rebuttal to help show President Obama is moderate? Why not have Grayson or whomever come on and say how President Obama should be calling for more spending, raising taxes and slashing the DOD budget?

    What could happen is that the Tea Party is seen as far right, and Obama and Dems are left, making the Republicans the ones in the middle.

    Progressives need a bigger voice from the fringe left. Not to demonize and attack, but to call for more spending, more regulations etc.

  7. Good grief.. frankly I think Bachmann & Palin would make a lovely ticket for Tea Party- theres a winning combo fer sure.. Whats pathetic is CNN giving them the airtime- that is our media in a nutshell… pun intended.

  8. You know, amk,

    Nuclear nonproliferation used to be a HUGE issue on the left. After reading bwd’s headline I decided to take a look at a couple of the biggest frustrati sites and you guessed it…crickets.

  9. With the frustrati (aka on-line, self proclaimed “progressives”), it’s not about issues any more, it’s all about Obama.

  10. Yes! Thank you Russia. You have helped make the world a safer place.
    My sympathy to all who died and were injured in the airport bombing yesterday.
    Russian TV was concerned that PBO didn’t call immediately but they didn’t realize he was on live TV at that time. I’m sure he called asap after that.

  11. Already, the Republican Party is equating “investments” with just more government spending. It’s the “Whatever It Is, We’re Against It” routine. But Ezra Klein of the Washington Post points out the implications of the reflexive ‘NO’. Bottom line, the Democrats should be thrilled.

    In some ways, the danger for Democrats was that Republicans would’ve let the call for investment pass without a peep, agreeing in general even as the House never moved any of the money. But they’re peeping plenty. It looks like we’re going to have an argument over investment in this country, not just over deficit reduction. Obama will get to present his case that economic leadership requires investing in infrastructure and education and research, as well as cutting the deficit, and Republicans will be able to make their argument that the strategy should be pretty much all cuts. And that’s exactly what the White House was hoping for.

  12. Gaahhh why can’t i find my proper avatar using this new pc? *trying again*

    Fab news love my potus glad i voted for him etc 😀

  13. Not to mention they’re so worried about the deficit and debt they were willig to hold the middle class hostage to have the extra Bush tax cuts for the rich extended.

    White House has to sell it as keeping and creating jobs, which builds the tax base, get more folks off social assistance and makes it easier than to address the longterm deficit and debt issues.

    Also it should be interesting to see what big business says about drastic spending cuts, no infrastructure spending, no research and development spending. It sounds like the GOP is going to have to choose between the teabaggers and big business.

  14. The budget freeze is on non-discretionary items (so it excludes Medicare and SS) and it isn’t an across the board freeze. Some agencies will increase while some will decrease to offset. Seems reasonable to me.

  15. I just watched Jane Hamsher on Msnbc she was talking about how she was not permitted to see Manning. So the host asked her why she did not video tape with her cell phone, she stated that they had her sign a letter that should would do that. He kept questioning her and she then said, she tweeted what was going on so the world could know. If she signed a statement restricting her use of a cell phone would;nt they had restricted the computer. This lady is lying.

  16. This news just made my day. Thanks, BWD and blessings be on the heart and soul of President Obama whose efforts made this a better safer world. Also thank you to the Russians who have joined us in making this peace and healing thoughts, as well.

  17. I was one of the duck and cover generation who really think that the START treaty is a really big deal. I will toast the passage of this treaty when all is said and done.

    Thank you Mr. President

  18. Precisely. Had President Obama somehow come out against nuclear nonproliferation, or had Dems failed to secure the vote for start, the hue and cry in both the left and right media spaces would be enormous. President Obama’s successes are chronically under-reported, and IMO it’s on purpose.

  19. Went over there and left this
    “I came over to rec this diary
    Read a few comments and nothing has changed.
    Having left Kos, I notice that none of the things you are whining about happen. They dont show up on the nightly news and now no cuts to SS.
    You have used up acres of print on this subject.
    What if you supported and trusted Obama instead.
    Stay away from here just a few days and you will feel better and you will have lost nothing but stress.”

    Wish I could say it better. But again BWD thanks for this place.

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