Russia says US tactical nukes must be withdrawn from Europe - FM

Russia says US tactical nukes must be withdrawn from Europe - FM
# 05 February 2010 03:01 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. US tactical nuclear arms should be withdrawn from Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Thursday, APA reports citing “ITAR-TASS”.

“Issues of further nuclear disarmament, including tactical nuclear arms, should not be addressed as such, but only in close relation with other types of weapons, including conventional armed forces in Europe and the ballistic missile defence systems,” he said.

Russia is adamant that nuclear arms should be deployed only in the territory of the states possessing such weapons.

“In this context, withdrawal of American tactical weapons from Europe back to the United States would be welcome. It should be accompanied by complete and irreversible demolition of the entire infrastructures supporting the deployment of such weapons in Europe,” he noted.

Commenting on the recent article by Swedish and Polish foreign ministers, Karl Bildt and Radoslaw Sikorski, in which they called on Moscow to withdraw tactical nuclear arms from Russian territories bordering on the European Union, the foreign ministry spokesman said that “it would be good if the authors of this article furnished their explanations – namely: if their opinion heralded a shift in the common European position and readiness for a closer, open and comprehensive dialogue on all aspects of European security.”
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