Published on Jun 16, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country will increase the size of its nuclear arsenal in 2015 by more than 40 intercontinental missiles. Putin made the remarks at the opening of an arms show in the capital Moscow. The Russian president vowed to continue a big arms modernization program despite the nation’s economic downturn. He also noted that the military was to start testing its new long-range warning radar intended to monitor the western direction and will later deploy another one in the east. He said that the re-armament program should help encourage the nation’s economic growth and spearhead innovations. This comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in NATO states in Eastern Europe. Tensions are high over Russia’s role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.