The New START Treaty officially entered into force with the exchange of Instruments of Ratification between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Munich, Germany on February 5, 2011.
Secretary Clinton said, "Today, we exchange the instruments of ratification for a treaty that lessens the nuclear dangers facing the Russian and American people and the world. Two years ago, we all laughed about the translation of the ceremonial 'Reset Button' that I gave the Foreign Minister in Geneva, but when it came to the translation that mattered most, our two countries, led by our two presidents, turned words into action to reach a milestone in our strategic partnership. And when it comes to the button that has worried us the most over the years -- the one that would unleash nuclear destruction --today, we take another step to ensure it will never be pushed. Our countries will immediately begin notifying each other of changes in our strategic forces. Within 45 days, we will exchange full data on our weapons and facilities, and 60 days from now we can resume the inspections that allow each side to trust but verify."
The entry into force of the New START Treaty sets into motion a number of requirements which are outlined in this fact sheet.