Russia to Continue Developing Nuclear Forces in 2017 to Deter Aggression
13:35 15.12.2016(updated 14:17 15.12.2016)
The development of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF) in 2017 will be maintained at a level that ensures a guaranteed deterrence of aggression, the chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, First Deputy Defense Minister, Army General Valery Gerasimov said Thursday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) Commander Col. Gen. Sergey Karakayev said that Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces are a guarantee of the country's security and independence of its policy amid the current geopolitical situation.
"In 2017 we will continue the development of the Russian Armed Forces. We will pay special attention to the maintenance of the Strategic Nuclear Forces at a level ensuring a guaranteed deterrence of aggression against the Russian Federation and its allies, trying to reach the parameters set by the treaty on strategic offensive arms," Gerasimov said at a meeting with foreign military attaches.
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