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To uker før valget trapper Vladimir Putin opp retorikken: Enkelte naboland som er medlem av NATO viser aggressiv atferd og han har gitt ordre om å høyne beredeskapen til atomvåpenene.

Putin varslet at Russland vil trekke seg fra CFE-avtalen som regulerer konvensjonelle styrker i Europa den 12. desember. Forrige uke ble avtalen suspendert, til tross for at den ikke har noen suspensjonsklausul.

«In violation of previous agreements, certain member countries of the Nato alliance are increasing their resources next to our borders,» Mr Putin told generals in a meeting broadcast on state television. «Russia cannot remain indifferent to this obvious muscle-flexing.»

Mr Putin, whose rhetoric has become more strident as relations with the West have deteriorated, went on: «One of the most important tasks remains raising the combat readiness of the strategic nuclear forces. They should be ready to deliver a quick and adequate reply to any aggressor.»

He issued his stark message as Russia confirmed that it would pull out of a landmark arms limitation treaty on December 12. The Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty was fundamental to ending the Cold War.

Putin rattles nuclear sabre at Nato

Nytt

To uker før valget trapper Vladimir Putin opp retorikken: Enkelte naboland som er medlem av NATO viser aggressiv atferd og han har gitt ordre om å høyne beredeskapen til atomvåpenene.

Putin varslet at Russland vil trekke seg fra CFE-avtalen som regulerer konvensjonelle styrker i Europa den 12. desember. Forrige uke ble avtalen suspendert, til tross for at den ikke har noen suspensjonsklausul.

«In violation of previous agreements, certain member countries of the Nato alliance are increasing their resources next to our borders,» Mr Putin told generals in a meeting broadcast on state television. «Russia cannot remain indifferent to this obvious muscle-flexing.»

Mr Putin, whose rhetoric has become more strident as relations with the West have deteriorated, went on: «One of the most important tasks remains raising the combat readiness of the strategic nuclear forces. They should be ready to deliver a quick and adequate reply to any aggressor.»

He issued his stark message as Russia confirmed that it would pull out of a landmark arms limitation treaty on December 12. The Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty was fundamental to ending the Cold War.

Putin rattles nuclear sabre at Nato