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START inspectors depart

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team from the Russian Federation departs Vandenberg March 5, after completing an on-site verification in compliance to START requirements. United States sends similar teams to inspect former Soviet strategic weapon facilities. Reciprocal inspections are an element of the START I accord, which was signed in 1991 and went into action in 1994. (Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Stephanie Longoria)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty team from the Russian Federation departs Vandenberg March 5, after completing an on-site verification in compliance to START requirements. United States sends similar teams to inspect former Soviet strategic weapon facilities. Reciprocal inspections are an element of the START I accord, which was signed in 1991 and went into action in 1994. (Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Stephanie Longoria)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A ground controller with the 30th Operations Support Squadron, directs the US Air Force KC-135 aircraft in preparation for the departure of the START team inspectors from the Russian Federation here March 5. The team arrived March 3 to inspect the base here. The United States sends similar teams to inspect former Soviet strategic weapon facilities. Reciprocal inspections are an element of the START I accord, which was signed in 1991 and went into action in 1994. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Longoria)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A ground controller with the 30th Operations Support Squadron, directs the US Air Force KC-135 aircraft in preparation for the departure of the START team inspectors from the Russian Federation here March 5. The team arrived March 3 to inspect the base here. The United States sends similar teams to inspect former Soviet strategic weapon facilities. Reciprocal inspections are an element of the START I accord, which was signed in 1991 and went into action in 1994. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Longoria)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An inspection team from the Russian Federation departed here March 5 at 8:11 a.m. after completing an on-site verification for compliance with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. 

The team arrived March 3 at 7:00 p.m. to conduct the inspection. The United States sends similar teams to inspect former Soviet strategic weapon facilities. The reciprocal inspections are an element of the START I accord which was signed in 1991 and went into force in 1994.

A media question and answer session with 30th Space Wing treaties experts is being coordinated. Further information on media availability will be provided as it becomes available.