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Russia-US treaty clears last Senate test vote

world Updated: Dec 24, 2010 16:07 IST

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A landmark nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia easily cleared a last procedural hurdle in the US Senate on Tuesday and stayed on track for final ratification.

Lawmakers voted 67-28 to end debate on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), one of Obama's top foreign policy priorities, setting the stage for a final ballot expected on Wednesday.

"We are on the brink of writing the next chapter in the 40-year history of wrestling with the threat of nuclear weapons," Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair John Kerry, a Democrat, said after the vote.