First of all, Russia is a responsible member of NPT regime. This became once again apparent at the 2015 NPT Review Conference as participating States were very close to adopting the Final Document – to a great extent due to Russian efforts and proposals. Our constructive approach was acknowledged by many participants. So, we take it very seriously when it comes to any aspect of the NPT, including carefully calibrating the corresponding rhetoric.
It is no secret that Russia is in the middle of modernization cycle of its nuclear arsenal which has to do mostly with a need to replace retiring systems. These efforts are in strict adherence to our bilateral Treaty with the US (the New START), and this obvious fact is not contested by the American side. That’s why it appears rather strange to us to see emotional reaction from NATO officials with regard to statistical data on this modernization process, including those recently presented by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.