- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LONDON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he has accepted an invitation from Russia President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) to visit Moscow and will make the trip in July.

Obama was hailing a new agreement between the two leaders to reach a new nuclear arms deal before the existing treaty between the countries expires in December.

Obama said the United States and Russia are making “great progress.”

The presidents agreed to begin talks on a new, binding agreement to limit their nuclear arsenals.

Medvedev said the talks will lay the groundwork for progress on other issues with the U.S.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) _ The United States and Russia hope to have in place a new nuclear arms deal before the existing treaty expires in December.

President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev say they want a new deal in place before the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires on Dec. 5. The White House announced Wednesday that the two countries would work together.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the two countries have not settled on a new cap. The current treaty limits the two largest nuclear arsenals to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads.

Obama and Medvedev met in London at a conference to deal with the global economy. It was the first time the two leaders have spoken in person.

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