Russia's parliament may ratify START before year-end: deputy

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Russia's lower house of parliament may ratify the new START nuclear disarmament treaty before the end of the year if it is passed as expected by the US Senate, a top lawmaker said Wednesday.

"If the Senate ratifies the treaty, our committee may call an emergency meeting to discuss the document," Leonid Slutsky, the deputy chairman of the the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"In either case, it is much better to enter the New Year with a ratified treaty in hand," Slutsky said.

The US Senate voted to end debate on the historic pact on Tuesday and was expected to ratify the measure in a Wednesday vote.

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