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Russia challenges the West by announcing it will add 40 nuclear missiles to its arsenal

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Putin set off alarm bells in the West by announcing on Tuesday that Russia will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missile to its nuclear arsenal this year

The tension between Russia and the West in the last year and a half has increasingly own ingredients of the Cold War, which now diplomatic discussion by the arms race is added. This was recognized by Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, who blamed the administration of his US counterpart Barack Obama to make global decisions that drive this stage.

"These are decisions such as unilateral US output ABM treaty (on missile defense) and not local conflicts that lead to the Cold War, "the Kremlin leader said when answering a question at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. He added: "This is a step that pushes us all to a new spiral of arms race."

But it was Putin himself who set off alarm bells in the West by announcing that Russia will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missile to its nuclear arsenal this year. "If someone threatens our territories, we therefore target our armed forces, our modern means of assault on those territories from which comes the threat," said the Russian head of state.

The Russian president made the announcement a day after Russian officials condemned a US plan sending tanks and heavy to NATO member countries on the Russian border as the most aggressive act of Washington since the Cold War weapons. The plan was revealed by The New York Times last weekend reported that Washington was studying, "to contain the Russian threat" to spend more than 1,200 pieces of artillery in a country of the region (Poland or the Baltic, presumably) including 250 M1A2 Abrams tanks and infantry fighting vehicles M2 Bradley and between 3,000 and 5,000 troops.

Kremlin's concern increased after the Secretary of the US Air Force, Deborah James, announced that Washington also planned to also deploy F-22 fifth generation in Eastern Europe.

Putin's announcement of the deployment of new intercontinental ballistic missile was immediately condemned by the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, who called it "unjustified, destabilizing and dangerous." Similar was the reaction of the Secretary of State, John Kerry, who said he feared a return to the Cold War following the announcement of the President of Russia. "Of course I worry," he said, while recalling that "we have the START agreement," referring to nuclear disarmament treaty signed in 2010 by which it officially was terminating the Cold War and the parties undertook to reduce their deployed warheads to a maximum of 1,550 units within seven years. "Nobody wants to, I think, a return to a Cold War status" Kerry insisted.

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