On Wednesday, 22 December, 2010, the United States Senate, with a 71-26 vote, ratified the “New START” agreement on bilateral strategic arms reductions with Russia.
Welcoming this development, Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) made the following statement:
Vienna, 23 December 2010
VIENNA – “I welcome the commitment, the tireless effort and the bipartisanship that has resulted in winning passage for the New START Treaty in the US Senate. I congratulate all the players, not the least President Barack Obama, whose steady hand has guided passage of the accord to its successful conclusion,” Tóth said.
“New START has a pivotal role to play in strengthening US-Russia relations. Support for the Treaty also indicates the gravity with which nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament is regarded,” Tóth said.