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President Obama Arrives in Moscow to Discuss Arms Controls

The United States and Russia, seeking to move forward on one of the most significant arms control treaties since the end of the cold war, have reached a preliminary agreement on cutting each country’s stockpile of strategic nuclear weapons, officials on both sides said Monday.

The so-called framework agreement was put together by negotiators as President Obama arrived here for his first Russian-American summit meeting. It was to be presented to Mr. Obama and Russia’s president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, later on Monday for their approval.

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reached the agreement during talks in Moscow.

The deal commits the two countries to further cuts in their nuclear arsenals after the Soviet-era Start I accord expires in December.

Both leaders have expressed the hope that Mr Obama's visit can help the two countries rebuild their strained ties.