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Russia to Upgrade Nuclear Weapons in Response to NATO's Buildup - Lawmaker

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Moscow will improve its nuclear arsenal development in response to NATO's buildup in Eastern Europe, the Federation Council committee's deputy chairman said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO ministers of defense agreed to boost the alliance's presence in its eastern part as well as in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

"Russia will continue to strengthen its defensive potential, to improve the deterrent potential of nuclear weapons… We possess weapons that can deter our so-called partners from any critical decisions that could come to their minds," Evgeny Serebrennikov told RIA Novosti.

He added that NATO's activities aim at deterrence against Russia both in economic and military spheres.

Since 2014, NATO has been steadily building up its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European countries bordering Russia, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move.

In September, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that any NATO advancement toward Russian borders would prompt Moscow to take counter-measures to ensure the country's national security.

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  • michael
    and what else would nato expect as a response? For Russia to quiver in its boots when it is announced 5 british ships and 5000 troops are to be rostered to the baltic region??? I wonder if they actually consider responses in their assessments?
  • siberianhusky
    Russia should throw all previous agreement with the Europeans and Americans out of the window and restart manufacturing of nuclear weapons. Short range, long range, artillery capable of firing nuclear weapons and man portable nuclear weapons. Enough is enough from those war mongering and war craving Americans and NATO.

    NO repeat of the 22nd of June 1941 when Germany invaded Russia. Let them be aware that price of attacking Russia will cost them dearly.

    Remember the one on Mamayev Kurgan and Volgograd that they did not die in vain. Never again
  • armorin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, yes, they know that , I am sure. No one attacks Russia directly, head-on. That's why they are using all these tactics, lies, propaganda, "regime" change where they feel like it....Russia, thanks be to God, is keeping cool, knows that much is provocation to create an excuse for them (us/nato/eu) to move forward. Our Helmsman, his nation, have shown what they are worth, of what stuff they are made of, I hope, I pray also, that the nato crowd will see the folly of their actions, and wisely change course. They will not attack Russia frontally.
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