Jun 19, 2013 4:42 PM by Connie Murphy

Russians say arms reduction will have to involve more countries

BERLIN (AP) - Russia is reacting skeptically to President Barack Obama's renewed call today for a reduction in U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles.

In a speech in Berlin, Obama called for cutting those weapons by one-third. He said it's possible to ensure American security and a strong deterrent while also limiting nuclear weapons.

But a Russian foreign policy aide says any plans for further arms reduction will have to involve countries beyond Russia and the United States. He says the situation is "far from what it was in the '60s and '70s."

And the head of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament tells the Interfax news agency that Obama's proposals need "serious revision" -- in order to make Russia see them as "serious and not as propaganda proposals."

Obama's calls for cooperation with Moscow come at a time of tension between the U.S. and Russia, which are supporting opposite sides in Syria's civil war. Russia is also still wary of U.S. missile defense plans in Europe.

Obama discussed non-proliferation with Russia's president when they met Monday on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland. During Obama's first term, the U.S. and Russia agreed to limit their stockpiles to 1,550 as part of the New START treaty.


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