The RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems drive during a rehearsal for the Victory parade on Moscow's Red Square (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin).

Opinion

Russia, nuclear forces, and arms control: Modest expectations

April 8, 2016, Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer argues that despite Russia's modernization of its nuclear forces, and destabilizing statements, the United States does not need to augment its planned modernization programs. He writes that the United States should convey to Russia the dire consequences of any nuclear use, including of non-strategic weapons. To achieve further reductions, the two sides must improve bilateral relations by resolving outstanding issues, and reconcile their differing approaches to arms control.

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