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Obama leaves Prague after signing landmark treaty

US President Barack Obama left Prague today the day after signing a landmark nuclear disarmament deal with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2010 14:50 IST

US President Barack Obama left Prague on Friday, the day after signing a landmark nuclear disarmament deal with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Air Force One took off from Prague airport at 10:43 am (0843 GMT), about an hour earlier than originally scheduled.

Obama was in Prague to sign a deal with Medvedev under which the United States and Russia will slash their stockpiles of nuclear weapons roughly by 30 per cent against a previous treaty from 2002.

He also met leaders of 11 former Soviet-bloc states and current NATO members from central and eastern Europe on Thursday and assured them that Washington would not sideline them despite its warming ties with Russia.