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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow is concerned over US plans to modernize nuclear weaponry in Germany.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Moscow is concerned over US plans to modernize nuclear weaponry in Germany, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

    “Such US plans call for concern,” Zakharova said in an interview with Germany’s ZDF television.

    Zakharova said that Russia has reduced its non-strategic nuclear arsenals fourfold since the 1990s, but US arsenals remain.

    “At the same time in Europe, not just in Germany, but also in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Turkey, US tactical nuclear armaments remain deployed. The Americans are modernizing their aerial bombs, and the NATO European members are modernizing their aircraft that carry these weapons,” Zakharova said.

    Earlier in the day, German media reported that the United States would station 20 atomic weapons in Germany, a line item included in the 2015 US budget.

    According to Zakharova, the decision would infringe the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, ratified by some 191 states and entering into force in 1970, to prevent the spread of nuclear weaponry.


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