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Russia says it will not renew arms agreement with U.S.
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Quote:MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not renew a decades-old agreement with Washington on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The death of the 1991 agreement, which had been renewed twice, is the latest in a series of hitches in relations between the United States and Russia and casts doubt on the future of the much-vaunted "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes.

"The basis of the program is an agreement of 1991 which, by virtue of the time when it was conceived, the way it was worked out and prepared, does not meet very high standards. The agreement doesn't satisfy us, especially considering new realities," Interfax quoted him as saying.

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a veteran disarmament campaigner, was in Moscow in August to push for the renewal of the program, known as the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which he helped launch.

The project, intended to dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union, was last ratified by Russia in 2006 and is due to expire in 2013. Aides said it had resulted in the deactivation of more than 7,650 strategic warheads.

Ryabkov said that Russia now had the finances to carry out its own programs and that Moscow was interested in continuing partnerships in third countries.

During his trip to Moscow Lugar said he had brought up the idea of Moscow and Washington working together to reduce Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, though he said response to the idea had been cool.

A number of bilateral agreements including the latest START nuclear arms treaty, put in force in February 2011, have built the foundation for the U.S.-Russia "restart" initiated by Washington when President Barack Obama took office in 2008.

That treaty lowers the ceilings on stocks of long-range weapons.

But recently ties have been strained, most notably by Moscow's decision to close the office of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Moscow, which critics say is part of a broader Kremlin crackdown on pro-democracy groups.

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Oh, goodie. Another cold war. Just what we need in this, ever so hot, economy.Dodgy
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Quick, send Obama over to appease them!
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Damn. I was hoping this was the voluntary agreement that means no SVD rifles imported to the US. Russia is still making them and we're the only ones who can't get them. A rifle that should cost about a grand can run you into the 5 digit price range.
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Warpt762x39;22470 Wrote:Damn. I was hoping this was the voluntary agreement that means no SVD rifles imported to the US. Russia is still making them and we're the only ones who can't get them. A rifle that should cost about a grand can run you into the 5 digit price range.

Yeah I thought that too. I really wanted to add an original Russian SKS-45 to my collection but not for the same price as an AK. Sad
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LifeInPa;22931 Wrote:
Warpt762x39;22470 Wrote:Damn. I was hoping this was the voluntary agreement that means no SVD rifles imported to the US. Russia is still making them and we're the only ones who can't get them. A rifle that should cost about a grand can run you into the 5 digit price range.

Yeah I thought that too. I really wanted to add an original Russian SKS-45 to my collection but not for the same price as an AK. Sad

Russia hasn't made SKSs for decades. You can still find them but they are popular with collectors which jacks up the price. SVDs are still made and sold in a lot of countries except here. They even convert them to straight pull bolt action for countries that can't have semi autos.
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Spacemanvic;22469 Wrote:OhBlowMe....the new Chamberlain.

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Warpt762x39;22943 Wrote:
LifeInPa;22931 Wrote:Yeah I thought that too. I really wanted to add an original Russian SKS-45 to my collection but not for the same price as an AK. Sad

Russia hasn't made SKSs for decades. You can still find them but they are popular with collectors which jacks up the price. SVDs are still made and sold in a lot of countries except here. They even convert them to straight pull bolt action for countries that can't have semi autos.

The SKS served with non-frontline troops even decades after being retired. I am talking about surplus.
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LifeInPa;23177 Wrote:
Warpt762x39;22943 Wrote:Russia hasn't made SKSs for decades. You can still find them but they are popular with collectors which jacks up the price. SVDs are still made and sold in a lot of countries except here. They even convert them to straight pull bolt action for countries that can't have semi autos.

The SKS served with non-frontline troops even decades after being retired. I am talking about surplus.

The Russians only made SKSs for a few years. The ones they have left are for their honor guards and such. It's not like the AKs where they've got massive warehouses full of them. Most of Russias SKS stocks were shipped out to grouos like the Viet Cong and other communist countries. Personally I want an Albanian SKS but I'll take a Chinese one to replace the one I lost a few years back.
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