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Putin says Trump's statement on nuclear weapons no surprise
December 23, 2016 / 10:09 AM / in a year

Putin says Trump's statement on nuclear weapons no surprise

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that a statement by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about the need for the United States to boost its nuclear capabilities was not a surprise and was normal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Trump called for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities on Thursday, in a tweet that alarmed non-proliferation experts who said that boosting the U.S. arsenal could fuel global tensions.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; Writing by by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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