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No Need to Disclose Russian Nuclear Forces' Data - Foreign Ministry

Russian Nuclear Missile on Mobile LauncherMOSCOW. Feb 7 (Interfax) - There is no real need for disclosing the number of strategic offensive armaments in Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told a Monday press conference at the Interfax main office.

"It is a different question whether this information should be made public," he said. "There is no acute need for that," he remarked.

Data exchanged under the new START is confidential, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.

"That is confidential information, we may post American data and the Americans may post our data but only by consensus. We cannot do that unilaterally," he said.

The new START binds the sides to inform each other about their number of nuclear warheads, Ryabkov said. The exchange of nuclear arsenal information continues the policy Russia and the United States held since the signing of the new START.

"From the legal point of view, we must exchange information with the U.S. about arms, which are the subject of the treaty, within 45 days since the treaty's entry into force," he said.

"It is not the question of declassifying any information. A substantial part of this data has been transferred to the American partners within earlier agreements," he said.

The U.S. declassified information about the number of nuclear warheads in May 2010. The U.S. has over 5,000 nuclear warheads, in addition to several thousand that will be decommissioned.

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