Russia could stand in way of Obama's nuke cuts

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By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons rather than make cuts on his own President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in no mood to agree.

That doesn't mean the U.S. won't eventually shrink its arsenal beyond what is required by an existing U.S.-Russia treaty that took effect just two years ago. It probably will.

But it might not happen on Obama's watch.

Obama declared in Berlin on Wednesday that he wants to cut the number of U.S. nuclear arms by another one-third, which would shrink the total to between 1,000 and 1,100 weapons.

He said he would "seek negotiated cuts" with Russia, an approach some nuclear disarmament advocates called a dead end.

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