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Russian parliament OKs New START nuclear treaty extension

FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Russia and the United States exchanged documents Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021, to extend the New START nuclear treaty, their last remaining arms control pact, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they voiced satisfaction with the move. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Posted at 5:47 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 05:47:34-05

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russian parliament has approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear arms control pact days before it's due to expire.

The State Duma voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years.

The vote came a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they voiced satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes about extending the New START treaty.

They agreed to complete the necessary procedures in the next few days, according to the Kremlin.

The pact's extension doesn't require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move.