Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will have no new weapons anywhere in the world.
His comments came as NATO's biggest military maneuvers since the Cold was kicked off Thursday in Norway in a hypothetical scenario that involves restoring the Scandinavian country's sovereignty after an attack by a "fictitious aggressor."
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Russian arsenal wants to be modernized to protect from any potential threats.
Putin's statement thus follows US President Donald Trump's announcement that he intends to opt out of a 1987 nuclear weapons control pact due to alleged Russian violations.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground right, toasts with top military officers and law enforcement officers at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia , Russia, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Putin said that Russia has adhered to its obligations in the arms control sphere, but noted that Russian arsenals want to be modernized to ensure protection from any potential threats. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ” height=”314.2857142857143″ width=”600″ class=”image-lazy”/>
"NATO's military activities near our borders have reached the highest level since the Cold War Times," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday, noting that the games was " simulating offensive military action. "
The wargames bring together about 55,000 people from all 29 NATO allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden. About 65 vessels, 150 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles will participate.
The drill scheduled to end Nov. 7 takes place in central and eastern Norway, the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea.
Its aim is to ensure that NATO forces are trained, ready to respond to any direction, according to the 29-member alliance.
In a joint op-ed published Thursday at Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden's largest newspapers, the Nordic defense and foreign ministers said they saw "no military threats against the Nordic countries today, but we are in an unpredictable and uncertain time."
"Russia has both shown and wants to use military force to achieve strategic goals," Sweden's Peter Hultqvist wrote together with Frank Bakke-Jensen of Norway, Denmark's Claus Hjort Frederiksen, Jussi Niinisto of Finland and Iceland's foreign minister, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson.
"Cyber-attacks and disinformation are actively used to NATO's members and Moscow, including reports, said they were "divided between people in Europe as well as in the United States."
NATO members and Moscow, including reports of airspace violations by Russian military aircraft. Non-aligned Sweden and Finland have watched with increasing trepidation, stepping up their own military activity with cross-border exercises and drills with NATO countries.
– Jan M. Olsen reported from Denmark.