The Russian-American Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty fully meets the interests of the Russian Federation's national security, the RIA Novosti correspondent quotes the Press and Information Dept. of the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying.
"Implementation of this treaty will do a weighty share in the strengthening of international security and strategic stability," said the Foreign Ministry.
The treaty, signed in Moscow on May 24, 2002 by the presidents of Russia and the United States and adopted by the State Duma, was ratified by the Federation Council on May 28.
The SOR treaty, providing for the reduction of nuclear warhead numbers to between 1,700 and 2,200 by 2012, "is designed to be a landmark on the road towards radical reduction of the strategic offensive weapons of Russia and the United States," said the Russian foreign policy establishment.
Now the federal law on ratification will be submitted for signing by President Vladimir Putin. The law will come into effect after the exchange of instruments of ratification.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.