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Russia says progress made with U.S. on arms cuts

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in Moscow, October 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev/Pool

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and the United States have made significant progress in talks on a new nuclear arms reduction agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

President Barack Obama and Kremlin chief Dmitry Medvedev agreed in July the outlines of a preliminary deal to replace the landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) but negotiators are facing a host of technical issues in talks.

Reporting by Conor Sweeney and Jeff Mason, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Michael Stott