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Russia avoiding Trump’s Arms Race.

When
it comes to strategic deterrence, Russia might replace its nuclear
weapons with precision bombs, in order to help reduce international
tensions and strengthen world peace, Russian Defense Minister Sergei
Shoigu said in a public lecture on Thursday, the news agency RIA Novosti
reported.
According
to Shoigu, Moscow plans to rely on warships and submarines armed with
cruise missiles to carry the bulk of its precision-guided weapons.
“By
2021, we plan to more than quadruple the combat capabilities of our
strategic conventional forces, which will fully meet the demands of
[Russia’s] conventional deterrence,” Shoigu said.
Russia’s
defense minister also reported that Moscow has no intention of being
dragged into an arms race, saying the Kremlin plans to maintain the
country’s current level of national security, developing its
“general-purpose” forces to operate in peacetime and in armed conflicts,
including missions against international terrorists. 
Shoigu’s
comments seem to fly in the face of remarks President Vladimir Putin
made on Dec. 22 to a meeting of Russia’s Defense Ministry Board, when he
said, “We need to enhance the combat capability of strategic nuclear
forces, primarily by strengthening missile complexes that will be
guaranteed to penetrate existing and future missile defense systems.”
The
same day, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump repeated a common promise
from his campaign, calling on America to “strengthen and expand its
nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses
regarding nukes.” 

The
next day, when fielding a question from The Wall Street Journal about
Trump’s comment, President Putin showed little concern, brushing it off
as “nothing unusual.”

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