Russia increasing its nuclear arsenal amid NATO buildup in Baltics

Published 16.06.2015 21:50
Updated 16.06.2015 22:15

Russia's nuclear arsenal will get at least 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, after NATO revealed plans to build up its military presence in the Baltics.

The nuclear missiles will be "capable of overcoming even the most technically advanced missile-defense systems," Putin said at a military industrial forum in the Moscow region on Tuesday, Interfax news agency reported.

The United States over the weekend revealed plans to station tanks and fighter jets in the Baltics to reassure the NATO member states that border Russia, which have feared invasion since Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region last year.

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