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    Russia Prioritizes Nuclear Weapons in Defense Budget Financing

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    Russia prioritizes the nuclear weapons complex in financing its defense budget, Russian senator and chair of the Federation Council defense committee Victor Ozerov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Last December, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia considers the improvement of its nuclear weapons as a deterrence and security factor.

    "We choose financing priorities: this is primarily the nuclear weapons complex, the purchase of advanced materiel, as well as the fulfillment of social obligations to the servicemen," Ozerov said at a meeting with military attaches.

    During a session of the UN Disarmament Commission in New York on Tuesday, Russia’s UN Mission Charge d’affaires Petr Ilyichev named conditions for Moscow to agree on further reduction of its nuclear potential. He underscored that Russia is working on full implementation of the US-Russia New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).


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