Russia not interested in U.S.-proposed arms reduction - Russian presidential chief-of-staff

The drive to upgrade the Russian strategic nuclear forces has been completed, and Russia is not interested in reducing its stockpiles of new weapons, a measure proposed by the United States, Russian presidential chief-of-staff Sergei Ivanov said.

"The upgrade of our strategic nuclear forces has already finished in all key areas - from the point of view of development, trials and transfer to the Armed Forces. All modern new-generation nuclear forces have effectively been developed and tested in our country," Ivanov, a former Russian defense minister, said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published on Tuesday.

"We have a new sea-based missile and a new submarine that will be manufactured serially. The advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles Yars and Topol-M were allowed to go into serial production a little earlier," he said.

"It is high time to begin tackling the development of an advanced long-distance aviation system because it will take decades to appear. Even five years are not enough for such things," Ivanov said.

"When I hear our American partners say: 'Let's reduce something else,' I would like to say to them: 'Excuse me, but what we have is relatively new.' They [the U.S.] have not conducted any upgrades for a long time. They still use Trident [missiles]," Ivanov said.

Ivanov agreed with a remark that Americans hold sufficient weapons stockpiles, which are larger than Russia's, which is why it is easier for them to carry out strategic nuclear force reductions.

"Certainly, what we have already done will last us for 30-40 years! And plenty of interesting projects are in the pipeline as far as other weapons are concerned," he said.

As an example, Ivanov referred to the advanced frontline aircraft and the Iskander tactical missile system.

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