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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seleznyov Rules Out Nuclear Use

WARSAW, Poland -- The chairman of Russia's parliament has said the Kremlin would not use nuclear weapons in response to NATO's westward expansion, the Polish PAP news agency reported.


Speaking Sunday, Gennady Seleznyov said a newly-formed group of anti-NATO deputies in the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, advocating such a response did not represent the views of the government. "No one is thinking about use [of nuclear weapons] and Russia remains in favor of full disarmament," Seleznyov said in response to a question at a news conference in the Polish city of Krakow.


Moscow opposes the admission to NATO of former Soviet-bloc countries of Eastern and Central Europe, at times warning that it might respond militarily or pull out of arms-reduction treaties.


"We have one thing in common [with the anti-NATO group] -- we do not consider the pact's expansion up to our borders necessary," Seleznyov said.


"Our people are convinced that NATO is an archaism."