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WASHINGTON, January 13 (RIA Novosti, Alexei Berezin) - The increase of the number of nuclear weapons in Russia is out of the question, announced Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov during a press conference in Washington.
"Russia has always been and will be a great nuclear power. We will develop, improve and deploy new types of nuclear weapons. We will make them more reliable and accurate, although we are not doing it coming form the logic of the "cold war," and we do not plan to increase the number of nuclear weapons - that is out of the question," the minister said.
"Russia does not need the same amount of nuclear weapons at present as it used to have during the Soviet era," the Russian minister underlined.
He said that Russia concluded test launches of a new land-based missile complex Topol-M, including its mobile version in 2004. Mr. Ivanov also announced that Russia would start the testing of a sea-based missile complex Bulava in 2005.
"I can also inform you that we are conducting the development of more advanced systems. However, I would like to reiterate that all these measures are not aimed against any particular country," the minister said.
Mr. Ivanov believes that there is a hypothetical possibility of cooperation between Russia and the U.S. in the sphere of missile defense.
"Hypothetically, such a possibility does exist, although we must protect our intellectual property and ensure confidentiality of information," the Russian minister emphasized.
Stating that the work in this direction continues, he did not specify concrete dates for its conclusion.
"In principle, military-technical cooperation between Russia and the U.S. existed before, and we do not have fundamental objections against the expansion of such cooperation," Mr. Ivanov underlined.
He said that the development of a project on Russian-U.S. military-cooperation had started a while ago. "It is a complicated agreement and we will not be able to conclude it in a few months, " he stressed.
Mr. Ivanov also underlined that it was a framework agreement, which would open possibilities for the development of technical cooperation between various Russian and U.S. enterprises and the military-technical cooperation between the two countries in general.
source : en.rian.ru...
[edit on 31-1-2005 by Stealth Spy]
Originally posted by djohnsto77
It is interesting, but I find it hard to believe the U.S. and Russia will really start designing nuclear missiles together. Both sides probably want to have some secrets in their designs.