By SOF Editor on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 12:22pm
Russia's top diplomat is accusing the United States of holding up progress on a new nuclear arms treaty, saying he does not expect the presidents of Russia and the United States to sign a new accord when they meet Friday in Copenhagen.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Thursday for Washington to accept deeper reductions to its nuclear arsenal and less intrusive verification measures than those in the current treaty.
The two governments have been negotiating to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START. Earlier this year, President Obama and his coun