Thursday, November 18, 2004

Russian cold war: 'We're back'

Putin promises new wave nuclear missile system

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is confident Russia will put into service in the next few years a new nuclear missile system unlike those held by any other country.

Mr Putin was addressing army chiefs in Moscow.

For an army still struggling to come to terms with defeat in the Cold War and then with NATO's enlargement eastwards, Mr Putin's announcement came as something of a patriotic boost.

Mr Putin promised military chiefs they would soon be getting some of the most advanced weapons in the world.

Russia, he said, had been testing state-of-the-art nuclear missile systems, that no other country had, or would have, any time soon.

They were necessary, he said, for maintaining Russia's guard in the war on international terrorism.

Moscow has indicated before that it has been trying to develop modern rocket systems.

By Son Of A Bitch 18 November 04


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