Russia should be ready to react to accidents involving nuclear weapons - Defense Minister

The Russian military are practicing new approaches to dealing with the aftermath of accidents involving nuclear weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said

The Russian military are practicing new approaches to dealing with the aftermath of accidents involving nuclear weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

"The active phase of the tactical special comprehensive training Avariya 2013 has begun today. The purpose of this training is to test new approaches to the organization of the liquidation of the consequences of accidents involving nuclear weapons," Shoigu said while meeting with top Defense Ministry officials in the ministry's situation center on Monday.

"Possessing such weapons gives us serious obligations to ensure its security," the minister said. "That, in turn, requires coordinated actions, resources and funds from the Defense Ministry and divisions of the state corporation Rosatom, OAO Russian Railways, and other agencies," Shoigu said.

"We should always be ready to react to possible emergency situations involving nuclear weapons," the minister said.

After listening to a report by Colonel-General Alexander Postnikov, who leads the training, Shoigu pointed out the importance of strict observance of the safety requirements during and after the training.

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