The Very Latest on the US-Russian Summit

By Caitlin Taylor

Jul 6, 2009 11:05am

MOSCOW — President Obama and Russian President Medvedev are about to announce the myriad agreements the countries have reached, but the bottom line news out of today's summit seems to be the following:

* The US and Russia are commiting to limit their strategic nuclear warheads to a range of 1500-1675 apiece, and their strategic delivery vehicles (such as planes, missiles, or submarines)  to a range of 500-1100. (The current maximum levels are 2200 warheads and 1600 launch vehicles each);

* For the first time since the US-led war in Afghanistan began in 2001, Russia is permitting the US to use its airspace to transfer troops and military equipment to Afghanistan;

* The two parties will continue to talk about missile defense — with the added plan for a joint review and threat assesment of the development of missile programs around the world such as Iran and North Korea.

– jpt

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