Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his country will not allow for an imbalance in strategic nuclear deterrence, according to AFP.
“We cannot allow the balance of the system of strategic deterrence to be disturbed or the effectiveness of our nuclear force to be decreased,” Putin was quoted by Russian agencies as saying at a government meeting while discussing Russia’s military space program.
He reportedly made the statement as Obama called for a one-third reduction of the world’s nuclear stockpiles on Wednesday.
Speaking at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, Obama said he intends to negotiate cuts with Russia to move beyond a Cold War nuclear posture.
Obama also vowed to work with NATO allies to forge a new international framework for peaceful nuclear power. He added that the U.S. will hold a summit in 2016 on securing nuclear materials around the world.