MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says a
preliminary deal with the U.S. to reduce stockpiled nuclear weapons
is a "reasonable compromise" on the crucial issue.
But Medvedev said serious differences remain over the
possibility of a U.S. missile shield in Europe.
He spoke at a joint news conference after hours of talks with
President Barack Obama.
They struck a preliminary deal to reduce their nations'
stockpiles of nuclear warheads to as few as 1,500 each, aiming
toward the lowest levels of any U.S.-Russia arms control agreement,
and to cut delivery vehicles.
The presidents issued a joint declaration pledging to evaluate
ballistic missile threats, but the U.S. did not pledge to refrain
from deploying missile-defense facilities in Europe.