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    PUTIN INSISTS ON NECESSITY FOR RUSSIA TO MAINTAIN ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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    MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russia can and will maintain its nuclear power as an element of security on the planet, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Answering the questions of his authorized representatives, the Russian presidential candidate said nuclear deterrence forces' exercises will take place soon in Russia.

    But we should not make other countries afraid of us, Putin said. However, he believes, Russia must support its nuclear power as an element of security on the planet. "We will maintain this power," Putin reassured.

    As confirmation, he cited "the exercises of nuclear deterrence forces with other combat arms' participation, due to take place soon."

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