Russia-USA Stalemate on Tactical Nuclear Weapons

By Joyce Sabina Lobo

The stalemate between Russia and the United States on reducing tactical nuclear weapons has been further complicated by NATO plans to deploy ballistic missile defences in Europe. As noted earlier, Russia wants to develop the missile defence system (MDS) jointly with NATO, and not separately in the form of sharing information and combining sensors.

Russia possesses many more TNWs than the US. Various unverifiable estimates give Russia between 2050 and 6000 TNWs, and the United States considerably less, out of which only 200 are estimated to be in Europe.


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