April 8th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Medvedev sign START treaty

ALT TEXT President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign the START Treaty Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Prague, Czech Republic (CNN)
- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed the START treaty, a major arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations.

The treaty, whose full name is the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, builds on a previous agreement that expired in December.

The agreement cuts the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about a third.

"This day demonstrates the determination of the United States and Russia - the two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons - to pursue responsible global leadership," Obama said after the signing. "Together, we are keeping our commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which must be the foundation for global non-proliferation."

Medvedev called START a "win-win situation" for the two countries.

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  1. Rob Johnson

    A welcome sign. Despite his naysayers among the right wing in his own country, Obama has the respect of the international community and has already made a positive difference in how America is viewed around the world.

    It's a shame the Nobel Peace Prize people didn't wait a year. If they gave Obama the Nobel after this, I can't see how even the most cynical conservatives could argue that it wasn't deserved.

    April 8, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Doug,lib jersey

    Unless Medvedev lives in a small town in the USA where they cling to their guns and religion, he won't have to worry about being Obama's enemy.

    April 8, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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