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Outline of U.S.-Russian Treaty

May 23, 2002

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Details of the U.S.-Russian nuclear reduction treaty to be signed by President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as provided by a senior administration official.

Preamble: Describes the new challenges and global threats, requiring leadership of both countries.

Article I: Binds the two nations to reducing their strategic nuclear weapons stockpiles to 1,700 to 2,200 warheads each.

Article II: States that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty will remain in force, expiring in 2009 unless both parties agree to extend.

Article III: Creates bilateral implementation commission to meet no less than twice each year to discuss ``transparency″ and other issues that might arise.

Article IV: Affirms the treaty is subject to ratification by both countries.

Article V: Standard provision calls for the treaty to be registered with the United Nations.

Other facts: The treaty is less than three pages long and White House officials call it ``the Moscow Treaty″ or ``the Treaty of Moscow. The Russians favor a longer title.

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