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Washington will explore options to contain Russia’s nuclear potential

WASHINGTON, (BM) – Washington is closely monitoring the buildup of Russian missile weapons and is considering ways to contain the country’s nuclear missile potential, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according a NATO press conference on Tuesday, June 16 .

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“We know that we should be prepared for a larger arsenal and more combat-ready arsenal than the one we saw from Russia in the past,” Kay Bailey Hutchinson said. The press conference is broadcast on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s Twitter page.

According to the US Permanent Representative, NATO will also begin “a search for facts of deterrence in Europe.” No clear decisions have been made on this issue yet, the diplomat noted. Alliance talks with Russia are ongoing, she added.

At present, the only effective treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States remains the Offensive Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed in 2010. In early May, US President Donald Trump, after a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, said that Washington and Moscow want to reach an arms control agreement.

Last December, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, Valery Gerasimov, said that the scenarios of the NATO exercises indicate preparations for a major military conflict. The components of American missile defense continue to be deployed in Europe, and the thesis about the “Russian threat” is also actively promoted, he noted.

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