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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Arms Costly

MOSCOW -- Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov said Tuesday that Russia could no longer afford to maintain thousands of nuclear warheads and needed a program to streamline and modernize its strategic forces.

Maslyukov, in a statement published by Interfax, said Russia could only afford several hundred nuclear warheads at most and, with Soviet-era weaponry fast becoming obsolete, must press on with START II, START III and other arms limitation treaties with the United States to preserve the nuclear balance.

"The state, in its present condition, does not have the means to maintain their present quantitative level of several thousand warheads," Maslyukov said.