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Russia: Nuclear Weapons

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on President Putin’s threat to acquire new targets in Europe for Russian nuclear missiles. (141417)

The UK supports US plans to deploy missile defence assets in Europe. These limited deployments can not undermine a Russian deterrent with missiles still numbered in the hundreds and warheads in the thousands. President Putin since said, in the margins of the G8 Summit, that Russia is proposing co-operation with the US on Ballistic Missile Defence which

“will allow Russia not to change our position on not targeting our missiles”.