Senate Finally Approves START II; Prospects for Duma Vote Uncertain
Cerniello, Craig, Arms Control Today
THREE YEARS after the signing of the treaty by then-President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a resolution of ratification of START II on January 26 by a vote of 87-4. (See p. 30.) Before START II can enter into force, both bodies of the Russian Parliament, the Council of Federation (the upper house) and the Duma (the lower house), must approve the treaty by simple majority votes.
Although the Council of Federation is expected to approve the treaty, the prospects for ratification in the Duma are less certain. The initial judgement of many informed observers was that there was little chance that Russia would ratify START II this …
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Publication information: Article title: Senate Finally Approves START II; Prospects for Duma Vote Uncertain. Contributors: Cerniello, Craig - Author. Magazine title: Arms Control Today. Volume: 26. Issue: 1 Publication date: February 1996. Page number: 20+. © 2003 Arms Control Association. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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