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    MOSCOW, January 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - In its military-technological cooperation with India Russia will observe all its international obligations in the sphere of the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said in his interview given to Indian reporters and to RIA Novosti on the eve of his visit to India on Monday, January 19.

    "Russia has strictly observed and will continue to observe all its international obligations in this sphere," Ivanov said.

    Touching upon Russia's deliveries of Tu-22 planes to India, the minister pointed out the work on this project was going on. He underscored that this ship-based bomber "is not a nuclear bomber and will not be." Sergei Ivanov expressed concern about the threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in South and Central Asia if they find themselves in the hands of unconscientious or irresponsible states or terrorists." "We and India have common approaches to the solution of this problem and to the removal of such threats. Of course, with the dominant role of the United Nations Organisation," the Russian Defence Minister added.

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