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Russia Not to Be Pulled Into an Arms Race Amid US Nuclear Arsenal Modernization

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Washington will not succeed in pulling Moscow back into an arms race through the modernization of the US nuclear arsenal, a senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday.

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US Nuclear Security Body Allows Production Engineering Stage of B61-12 Nuke Bomb
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) authorized the engineering phase of the B61-12 nuclear warhead life extension program.

"Any violation of the established parity, balance in the nuclear sphere will fuel an arms race. Our country will of course react appropriately. As Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly affirmed, they will not manage to pull us into a full scale arms race, which significantly contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union," Dmitry Gorovtsov, the deputy chairman of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament's Committee on National Security, told RIA Novosti.

Russia has new technologies that could be used to counter the modernized US nuclear bomb, Gorovtsov stressed.

The lawmaker suggested that the United States should focus on joint international efforts to defeat terrorism that poses the biggest threat to global security.

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