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MOSCOW, July 9 (Itar-Tass) - Non-nuclear arms the West has at its disposal poses no threat to Russia’s security, Vladimir Dvorkin of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World Economy and International Relations, a think tank, said on Tuesday.
“First of all, Russia should develop precision weapons,” he said noting that in terms of such weapons Russia is lagging much behind the United States. At the same time, the expert stressed that there are no blunt threat to Russia from non-nuclear weapons. “Those weapons the West has is of no threat to Russia,” he said.
According to Dvorkin, it would not be expedient for Russia to sharply cut its nuclear arms arsenals, since there are a lot of other military political factors. “We do not know how many nuclear weapons China has but we know that this country is capable of scaling up its nuclear potential dramatically,” he noted. In his opinion, nuclear powers are unlikely to begin talks on arms cuts because their nuclear arsenals are much less than those of Russia and the United States.