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Is Moscow Setting the Stage for Using Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine?

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, December 14, 2014) One of the most accurate leading indicators of what Moscow is planning to do in Ukraine are the charges it makes that the West is about to do the same thing there. That pattern, well-established over the last year, makes the latest such suggestion

Interfax: Updated Russian military doctrine has no preemptive nuclear strike provision – source

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(Interfax – December 10, 2014) A new edition of the Russian military doctrine does not contain a preemptive nuclear strike provision but it clearly defines circumstances under which strategic nuclear forces can be used, a source involved in the drafting of the document told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday. “The updated version of the military doctrine will

The ‘return’ of nuclear weapons: The current crisis unfolding in Ukraine has brought the issue of nuclear weapons back into sharp focus.

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(opendemocracy.net – NIKOLAI SOKOV – November 28, 2014) Dr Nikolai Sokov is a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. The current crisis unfolding in Ukraine has brought the issue of nuclear weapons back into sharp focus. In recent years, nuclear disarmament has proved unexciting. The unilateral reduction of the US nuclear

Interfax: Moscow hopes six mediators, Iran overcome differences in further talks

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MOSCOW. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Moscow hopes another extension of the six-party talks with Iran will be the last, says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “With respect to the decisions, the last four days have been more important than the last four months, and the issues that remain are so obvious and clear that

Moscow Times: Iran Talks Show Why West Still Needs Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – November 25, 2014) As Monday’s negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program failed to yield a deal and resulted in Iran, Russia, the U.S., China, Britain and Germany setting a new deadline of July 1, analysts hailed the talks as a rare remaining area of cooperation between Russia and

Putin Proposing Molotov-Ribbentrop-Style Grand Bargain to West, Illarionov Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, November 13, 2014) Vladimir Putin is proposing the kind of grand bargain to Barack Obama that Hitler proposed to Neville Chamberlain and then to Joseph Stalin, in which the West would accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea in exchange for Moscow’s cooperation on Iran, according to Andrey Illarionov.

Preventing nuclear threats trumps political fray: Russia and U.S. reaffirm nuclear security as priority over politics

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Reznichenko, special to RBTH – October 30, 2014) Despite strained relations, the United States and Russia are continuing to collaborate on a radioactive waste management program that has been in place for the past 15 years. At the opening of the VI ATOMEX 2014 International Forum of

A new nuclear arms race?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexander Bratersky, special to RBTH- October 13, 2014) The current breakdown in bilateral relations between the U.S. and Russia has brought a return to rhetoric and attitudes previously associated with the Cold War. When a group of Russian high schoolers were shown an artificial launching site during an

Russia’s Nuclear Euphoria Ignores Reality

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Golts – October 7, 2014) Muscovites are staging a campaign against Western sanctions called: “Fighting sanctions with fashion.” Participants trade in their old T-shirts with Western slogans for new shirts bearing such inscriptions as: “Sanctions? My Iskander laughs at sanctions,” or “The Topol couldn’t care less about sanctions” –

Interfax: Gen. Baluyevsky: New Russian military doctrine to have no provisions on preventive nuke strike, potential enemy

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MOSCOW. Sept 5 (Interfax) – The updated Russian military doctrine will not designate a potential enemy and conditions of a preventive nuclear strike against it; such information is available in classified directives, former Russian General Staff Chief Gen. of the Army Yuri Baluyevsky, who co-authored the 2010 military doctrine of Russia, told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

Justice Ministry Adds Nuclear Research Center to ‘Foreign Agents’ List

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 4, 2014) Russia’s Justice Ministry added a Moscow-based think tank that specializes in nuclear arms research to its controversial list of “foreign agents” on Wednesday. The designation means that the PIR Center, founded in 1994, has been found to receive funding from abroad and to conduct political activities, thus

Interfax: Russia’s NATO envoy says nuclear treaty debate is aimed at setting summit tone

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Brussels, 28 August: Attempts to draw NATO into a public discussion of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (IRNFT) issues look artificial, Russia’s NATO envoy Aleksandr Grushko has said. “We noted that the stove piping on IRNFT came in the lead-up to the summit. This clearly benefits those who would like to present Russia as the enemy.

Interfax: Moscow stays committed to INF Treaty despite new security threats – Russian Defense Ministry

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(Interfax – August 14, 2014) Russia remains committed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), although the situation has changed significantly in the world since this document was signed, and almost 30 countries hold such weapons today, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has said. “One cannot fail to admit that the military and

Interfax: Pushkov not ruling out Russia’s pull-out from INF treaty

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MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) – The head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, has not ruled out the possibility that Russia could withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “Russia is not planning a series of denunciations of international agreements but it could exit those which no longer meet its national

Moscow Times: Experts I.D. Russian Missile That U.S. Claims Breached Treaty

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – July 31, 2014) Russian analysts have tentatively identified the mysterious missile at the center of Washington’s recent claims that Moscow had violated a perestroika-era arms treaty, but have noted that the missile in question had never been used to target Ukraine. The Likely Culprit The deployment of

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Loss of Ukraine’s military-industrial complex will cost Russia $938 million

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – July 23, 2014) The business newspaper Kommersant has reported the findings of a special working group of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), which has quantified the costs of ceased collaboration with Ukrainian military-industrial enterprises. Russia will need to spend $938 million (33 billion

Interfax: Russia optimistic about comprehensive agreement on Iranian nuclear program – diplomat

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(Interfax – June 12, 2014) Moscow welcomes progress in clearing a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program before negotiations between the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran in Vienna, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said following a meeting with an Iranian delegation in Rome. “I can say in summing up the results

NEWSLINK: Why the US should keep cooperating with Russia on nuclear security

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[“Why the US should keep cooperating with Russia on nuclear security” – The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – Peter E. Davis, Siegfried S. Hecker – May 29, 2014]  Stanford University’s Peter E. Davis and Siegfried S. Hecker consider U.S.-Russian cooperation on nuclear security in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of occupied Crimea: We were surprised that without exception

Ukraine Crisis Stirs Fears of New Nuclear Arms Race

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(Voice of America – Cecily Hilleary – May 14, 2014) U.S. forces are conducting large-scale nuclear “deter and detect” drills this week, just days after Russia conducted similar military exercises simulating retaliatory strikes to a hypothetical U.S. or NATO nuclear attack. Their timing – during the tense standoff over Ukraine – combined with Cold-War-era rhetoric

Russia-U.S. arms reduction: What future for START III?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Viktor Litovkin, special to RBTH – April 10, 2014) The START III Treaty on arms reduction came into force in 2011 and is not due to expire until 2021. How effective is the agreement as a measure to limit the strategic offensive capabilities of Russia and the U.S., and

Interfax/Kommersant: U.S. to stop financing nuclear safety efforts in Russia – paper

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MOSCOW. April 8 (Interfax) – Washington has announced it is halting financing of work on improving the security of Russian nuclear facilities, citing its disagreement with Moscow’s actions in regard to Ukraine, national daily Kommersant reported on Tuesday. The U.S. has suspended all work on physical protection of nuclear facilities in Russia, National Nuclear Security

Russia, US Complete Warheads-for-Fuel Program

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MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has completed payments under a historic agreement providing for the import of Russian highly-enriched uranium for electricity production, Russia’s state-owned uranium producer and trader Techsnabexport said Monday. “We received the final payment from the United States Enrichment Corporation in March,” the company said, adding that its

What the Crimea crisis will do to US-Russia relations

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(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – thebulletin.org – Pavel Podvig – March 27, 2014) A physicist trained at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Podvig works on the Russian nuclear arsenal, US-Russian relations, and nonproliferation. … Over the years it has become cliché for commentators on US-Ru ssian affairs to observe that the relationship

TEXT: Joint Statement by the United States and Ukraine

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(The White House – Office of the Press Secretary – For Immediate Release – March 25, 2014) On the occasion of the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the United States and Ukraine today reaffirm their strategic partnership and emphasize the important role of nuclear nonproliferation in that relationship.  The United States values its

Ukraine not planning to restore nuclear status – ministry

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KYIV. March 25 (Interfax) – Ukraine is not planning to restore its status as a nuclear nation, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said. “Ukraine neither was, nor is planning to renew its nuclear status,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said at a Tuesday briefing. Such a position was clearly expressed by Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsa

Russia: position of Ukrainian politicians creates serious threat to NPT

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MOSCOW. March 25 (Interfax) – Russia has rejected the claims of a Ukrainian delegate to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague that Russia is allegedly threatening the security of nuclear sites in Ukraine. “This is a pure and simple attempt to shift the blame,” the Russian delegation said in a statement released by the

U.S. not to cut cooperation with Russia on disarmament, non-proliferation – Russian official

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(Interfax – MOSCOW. March 12, 2014) The United States is not ready to cut cooperation with Russia on important and strategic issues concerning disarmament and non-proliferation and the situation in Ukraine does not affect this, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department on security and disarmament, Vladislav Antonyuk, said at a meeting of the

Obama Bid for Russia Reset Slips Amid Cold War Iciness

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Nicole Gaouette – February 14, 2014) If mounting U.S. frustration with Russia wasn’t clear enough after President Barack Obama blamed Moscow on Feb. 11 for the starvation of Syrian civilians, this week offered plenty of other signals. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that “an assertive Russia” poses a

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russian ICBM missile tests: What lies behind U.S. allegations?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Viktor Litovkin, special to RBTH – February 5, 2014) The U.S. recently accused Russia of contravening the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in its testing of the RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile. However, these allegations may conceal a hidden agenda. The United States has informed its NATO allies of American

Excerpts from transcript of [Putin] meeting with National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) students

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(Kremlin.ru – January 22, 2014) PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, everyone, The main reason for this meeting is to congratulate you on the upcoming holiday. As one would write in official documents, I want to congratulate you and in your person all of Russia’s students. I wish you the very best in your

Why Russia Undermines the Norm of Nuclear Disarmament

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(PONARS. Eurasia – ponarseurasia.org – Polina Sinovets, Associate Professor. Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University – December 20, 2013) [Footnotes here http://www.ponarseurasia.org/memo/why-russia-undermines-norm-nuclear-disarmament] Russia is one of the founding fathers of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and continues to play a major role in its framework today. Together with the United States, Moscow plays an important role

RIA Novosti: Bad time for Russia to discuss further arms cuts, diplomat says

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, December 25, 2013) Now is the least opportune moment in the past 15 years for Russia to discuss further reductions of strategic offensive weapons, Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, has said in a RIA Novosti interview. “Now is the most inauspicious moment in the

Interfax: Russia needs about 1,500 nuclear warheads for strategic deterrence – RVSN commander

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MOSCOW. Dec 17 (Interfax) – Russia needs about 1,500 nuclear warheads in its strategic nuclear forces, Russian Strategic Missile Troops (RVSN) Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said. “It is necessary to have about 1,500 nuclear warheads in the shock troops of the Russian strategic nuclear forces in order to resolve tasks of strategic deterrence. The

Russia Confirms Tactical Missile Deployment on NATO Borders

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MOSCOW, December 16 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia confirmed Monday that it has deployed tactical ballistic missiles near its borders with NATO but said the move did not violate international agreements. Bild newspaper in Germany reported over the weekend that Russia had “quietly” moved 10 Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) missile systems into its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad

Interfax: Agreement on Iran challenges grounds to set up missile shield in Europe – Pushkov

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MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) – The agreements of the Sextet and Tehran on the Iranian nuclear program call into question if there is any sense of the missile shield in Europe being created by NATO, head of the Russian State Duma committee on foreign affairs Alexei Pushkov said. “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has put the

RIA Novosti: Putin Says Bids to Gain Military Dominance Over Russia Futile

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MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti) ­ President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday against foreign powers seeking to secure a military advantage over Russia and said any attempts to destroy the existing global strategic balance would be futile. Speaking in his annual State of the Nation address, Putin dismissed arguments that the proposed European missile shield is

Russia to Build Disposal Facility for Soviet-Era Nuclear Waste

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MOSCOW, November 22 (RIA Novosti) ­ A spokesman for Russia’s state nuclear corporation said Friday that a facility for the disposal of Soviet-era radioactive waste is to be built in the country’s Far East. Officials said they made the announcement to quell media speculation that a site was being set aside for the dumping of

RIA Novosti: US Plan for Iran Nuclear Program Blocked After Hasty Changes ­- Russia

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CAIRO, November 14 (RIA Novosti) ­ Iran tentatively agreed to a US proposal for limiting its nuclear program, but backed out of the deal after last-minute changes in Geneva, Russia’s foreign minister said Thursday. “The version with the amendments was distributed literally at the last moment, when we were about to depart from Geneva,” Sergei

RIA Novosti: Russia Says Iran Not to Blame for Geneva Talks Failure

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MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia has said Iran was not to blame for the failed outcome of nuclear talks in Geneva last week, hinting at cracks in what had previously appeared to be a relatively united international front on the issue. A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the account

RIA Novosti: Putin Checks Readiness of Russia’s Nuclear Deterrent

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MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen a snap check of Russia’s nuclear deterrent, aerospace defenses and strategic aviation, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday. “The exercise involved launches of ballistic missiles, drills by air defense and missile defense units,” Peskov said, adding that all practice targets had been

Early breakthroughs unlikely in talks with Iran

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Ilyashenko, special to RBTH – October 21, 2013) The only outcome of the Geneva talks between Iran and the ‘group of six’ was an agreement to hold a new round of talks in November. A group of six mediators and the Iranian delegation recently concluded the latest

Interfax: Gradual lift of sanctions against Tehran needed to resolve nuclear problem – expert

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(Interfax – October 18, 2013) The Iranian nuclear problem cannot be resolved without a gradual lift of sanctions against Tehran, and the success of the latest negotiations does not add up to much, Russian Academy of Sciences Oriental Studies Institute Director Vitaly Naumkin said. “This is just the first step and, in my opinion, it

RIA Novosti: Russian Warheads Fuel Half of U.S. Nuclear Power – Official

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(RIA Novosti – WASHINGTON, October 9, 2013) Decommissioned Russian warheads are fueling “approximately half of the nuclear energy in the United States,” a senior US State Department official said Wednesday. “Over the past 15 years, nuclear fuel from this source has accounted for approximately 10 percent of all electricity produced in the United States,” US

RIA Novosti: Russian Nuclear Arms, Defence Spending To Rise 50-60 Per Cent Over Three Years

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, October 8, 2013) The Russian Federation’s annual spending on the nuclear arms complex is to be increased by more than 50 per cent in the next three years, says the appraisal report by from the State Duma Committee for Defense on the draft federal budget for 2014 and the planning period

New START treaty must be implemented before further nuclear disarmament moves are made – Moscow

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, September 29, 2013) The New START Treaty on strategic offensive arms reductions must be implemented before further large-scale steps are taken in nuclear disarmament, a Russian diplomat said. “The Russian nuclear disarmament priorities remain unchanged. Before taking further large-scale steps in nuclear disarmament, the implementation of the New START Treaty must be

RIA Novosti: Russian Experts Split On Iranian President’s Statements In New York

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(RIA Novosti – September 25, 2013) Several Russian experts interviewed by state news agency RIA Novosti have said that they believe that the statements made by Iranian President Hasan Ruhani in New York that his country is ready to start effective talks on the nuclear programme, as well as his recognition of the Holocaust as

Iran Takes Control Of Russian Built Nuclear Plant

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 24, 2013) With news of a potential meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and his newly-elected Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani raising hopes that the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program might finally come to an end, Russia has handed over control of Iran’s single nuclear power plant to domestic

Interfax: Russian Duma statement warns against Syria ‘aggression’, attacks USA

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(Interfax – Moscow, September 11, 2013) The State Duma on Wednesday (11 September) called on the international community not to allow aggression against Syria, where the conflict, in the opinion of deputies, can only be resolved as part of the Geneva conference. “In an effort to use all available means to avert a catastrophe, the

Russia could receive $17 billion from megatons-to-megawatts deal

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, August 27, 2013) Russia could receive the anticipated $17 billion from the 20-year megatons-to-megawatts deal with the United States which expires in 2013. Techsnabexport (Tenex), the Russian agent for the contract, said in a report that a preliminary estimate of revenue from the deal had been made, taking into account the low-enriched

Interfax: U.S. tactical nuclear weapons must be withdrawn from Europe – Russian Defense Ministry

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(Interfax – August 14, 2013) Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has called for withdrawal of U.S. tactical nuclear armaments from the territories of non-nuclear countries and dismantlement of the related infrastructure. “As an expert on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) I have a question why nuclear armaments are deployed on the territories of non-nuclear

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