Russia warns U.S. on fast-strike weapons platform

Dec. 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The United States could be risking nuclear war if it develops a fast-strike weapons platform, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday.

Rogozin, addressing the Duma or lower house of Parliament, said the platform would allow the United States to launch weapons aimed anywhere in the world, RIA Novosti reported. He called it the United States' "most important new military strategy."

"They may experiment with conventional weapons on strategic delivery platforms, but they must bear in mind, that if we are attacked, in certain circumstances we will of course respond with nuclear weapons," Rogozin said.

The administration of President George W. Bush abandoned similar plans because of fears that a long-range attack could be followed by a nuclear response, RIA Novosti reported.

President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday the country will increase its nuclear armory in 2014 with 40 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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