London, June 16: Following the US proposal to increase its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe, Russia has said that it will upgrade its nuclear arsenal in 2015 with more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles.
According to BBC report, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said that the nuclear arsenal will be able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems.
The Russian President reportedly made these comments came at an arms fair.
Western countries and Nato have been accusing Russia of sending havey weapons and soldiers to separatists in eastern Ukraine. Putin, however, has denied all accusations saying that any Russians fighting there are “volunteers”.
Recently, President Putin stated that he never made mistakes because that is how God built his life so that “he’d have nothing to regret”.
Putin also dismissed the criticism against Russia’s conduct over the Ukraine crisis, saying that a deterioration of relations with the west was not “our choice”.
The statements came as the Russian President met Italy’s Matteo Renzi at the Expo 2015 world fair in Milan to discuss the prospect of easing harsh economic sanctions imposed on his country by the west over the Ukraine conflict.
Renzi, along with other G7 leaders at the Bavaria summit, had pledged to impose sanctions on Russian trade if violence continued in the disputed Donbass region.
(With Agency Inputs)