Statement calls for modernizing missiles

Jan. 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

MOSCOW, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Russia's lower house of Parliament, the State Duma, says Russia must quickly modernize its nuclear deterrent with sophisticated ballistic missiles.

The State Duma posted the text of two draft statements on its Web site Friday that would accompany the ratification of an arms-reduction treaty with the United States, RIA Novosti reported.

"The State Duma believes that maintaining Russia's nuclear deterrent in an adequate state of readiness is a key venue of the country's military doctrine, with the focus on the deployment of strategic offensive weapons that possess the most combat effectiveness and the highest potential to penetrate missile defenses," one statement said.

"The combat effectiveness of Russia's nuclear deterrent must be maintained at the level that guarantees the protection of the country from attacks carried out by any foreign state or a group of states in any military-strategic situation."

The second statement outlined the State Duma's position on the reduction and limitations of strategic weapons systems.

President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama signed the arms-reduction treaty in Prague in April. It cuts the Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals to a maximum of 1,550 nuclear warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200.

The new agreement goes into effect after ratification by both houses of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma and the Federation Council.

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