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NATO denounces Putin plan to beef up nukes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 01:15

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to its arsenal, prompting NATO to accuse Moscow of ''saber-rattling''. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Having denounced a U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia's border, President Vladimir Putin is upping the ante with a plan of his own. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "More than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems will be added to the make-up of the nuclear arsenal this year." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg offered a swift response denouncing the move. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO SECRETARY GENERAL, JENS STOLTENBERG, SAYING: "This nuclear saber rattling of Russia is unjustified, it's destabilizing and it's dangerous. Tension has flared anew between Russia and Western powers over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. Pro-Russian separatist forces have seized a large part of the country's east following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in early 2014. And with no indications that Moscow is prepared to back down, it's feared relations can only get worse.

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NATO denounces Putin plan to beef up nukes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 01:15