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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
By raising the issue of security at Russia's nuclear arsenals, the USA is trying to distract attention from its own nuclear programmes, Viktor Litovkin, a military correspondent at the RIA-Novosti news agency, says in a newspaper article. According to him, the Russian military and scientists may use Washington's nuclear efforts as an excuse to develop new nuclear warheads. The article ends with a list of US and Soviet-Russian nuclear disarmament moves. The following is an excerpt from an article published by the Russian newspaper Vremya MN on 11 June; subheadings have been added editorially:
The US Senate has voted to lift the ban (imposed ten years ago by Congress) on the development of low-yield nuclear warheads. The reasons for such a decision on Capitol Hill were not concealed. Washington needs such warheads for antimissile missiles in its ABM system. Only missiles of this type can defend the USA against a massive attack by ballistic …