Moscow has tried to calm fears that a long-awaited new nuclear arms reduction pact with Washington might be in doubt.
The successor to the so-called START-1 treaty is expected to have its finishing touches added
during a visit tomorrow by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The alarm was raised after a member of Russia’s parliamentary lower chamber warned it would not be ratified by the Duma unless it included limitations to US plans for a missile shield in Europe.
Responding to journalists’ questions, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said: “I would advise you not to worry. It will be included, it will be legally attached so there will be no problem.”
Clinton and Lavrov are pushing to have the treaty signed by their respective presidents by mid April.
One of the main sticking points has been Russia’s insistence that it address US plans to station missiles in eastern Europe, ostensibly to guard against potential strikes from Iran. Moscow sees this as a threat to Russian security.