Putin: Russia will abandon nukes if others do…Posted: June 12, 2009
The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says the country could get rid of its nuclear weapons if other nuclear powers are ready to abandon them too.
“What do we need nuclear arms for?” Putin said during talks with visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“Was it us that invented and ever used it?” he said in a reference to the United States, which became the world’s first nuclear power when it bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.
“If those who made the atomic bomb and used it are ready to abandon it, along with — I hope other nuclear powers that officially or unofficially possess it; we will of course welcome and facilitate this process in every possible way.”
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