Criticizing NATO, Putin underlines need for nuclear deterrence, AsiaOne World News

September 10, 2014 3:05 PM

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MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia must maintain its nuclear deterrence because of what he said were a growing number of possible security threats.

With ties between Moscow and the West tense over the crisis in Ukraine, Putin signed a decree that gives him more control over a commission that oversees the defence industry and made a new call for Russia to become less reliant on Western parts.

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